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I'm an ultrasound tech (General and Vascular) with 6 yrs experience. My husband and I are considering moving to Lucerne from New Hampshire, USA. I have been told you can get by only speaking English for most things but I am curious if this is the case while working in the medical field as an ultrasound tech?
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Old 03.08.2017, 06:08
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I'm an ultrasound tech (General and Vascular) with 6 yrs experience. My husband and I are considering moving to Lucerne from New Hampshire, USA. I have been told you can get by only speaking English for most things but I am curious if this is the case while working in the medical field as an ultrasound tech?
Sorry, no. How would you communicate with doctors and patients?

Also as you would be the last in line as you are not Swiss nor EU. Very difficult. Best to check with the Swiss Red Cross what is necessary (and check here also in the permit section, you will find a lot of answers on what is required to land a job and a permit)
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I'm an ultrasound tech (General and Vascular) with 6 yrs experience. My husband and I are considering moving to Lucerne from New Hampshire, USA. I have been told you can get by only speaking English for most things but I am curious if this is the case while working in the medical field as an ultrasound tech?
There was just another thread a few days ago from a home health nurse in the UK asking the same question to which Meloncollie provided the link to the Swiss Red Cross. I will post it here again. Sorry, but it is in French as the SRC website is not available in English.

Bottom line, it spells out the exact steps that you must take to have your US certifications recognized. It also says that you must provide evidence of a B2 level of knowledge in either German, French or Italian. That point is non-negotiable.

I am assuming that it is your husband who has been offered the job offer, yes? If he receives a B permit, you will be able to work if you want to, just not as an ultrasound tech.

http://www.redcross.ch/fr/prestation...de-reconnaitre
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Swiss Red Cross (SRC)
Contact point for recognition of foreign qualifications
Postfach
CH-3084 Wabern
T +41 58 400 44 84 (Mo-Fr, 08.00 am - 12.00 am)

Note that as well as the language requirement, it'll cost several thousand francs for the recognition and probably take quite some time.
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Re: Medical Field Questions

First hurdle of course would be a non-EU permit.

What is driving this move? Would your husband be coming here with a professional job offer, would he be the main permit holder? If you were here as his dependent the permit issues would not be an obstacle. On your own, though, you face high hurdles as a non-EU citizen.

That said, a friend has recently finally landed a job in his med tech field... he's EU, so none of the right to work hurdles that you will face, and it still took a year and a half of hunting while resident here.

In the mean time he worked hard on learning German, and worked all sorts of other jobs, which helped to finally win the professional job.

(Again you are non-EU, though, so unless as above you are a dependent of a permit holder, that route isn't likely possible for you.)

His academic and professional credentials from home were recognized, no problem. (EU university degree, EU hospital experience.)

Key barrier to getting that job offer was his level of German. He speaks excellent English, plus two other languages fluently, but German was day-to-day functional but not quite at a professional level. One condition of the job offer was that he get to X level (I think B2) in six months after starting the job. He will be expected to work in German, spoken and written.

He was not able to find a job in one of the city hospitals, there was so much competition in his field. The job he found is in a more rural area. Where of course German is even more critical. It's a very good start to his professional career in Switzerland.

So... aside from official recognition of qualifications, get to work on that German, get to professional functionality as quickly as you can and aim for C level as a longer term goal. And be flexible as to where you are willing to work - even if it means a difficult commute to a more remote hospital. That first job is all important, Swiss experience opens future doors.

All the best.
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Re: Medical Field Questions

I'm not sure if such a thing as an Ultrasound technologist even exists in Switzerland. In my experience, medical US is always done by a radiologist, or an obgyn (or specially qualified midwife in some cases). I'm open to be corrected however.
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