x-ray technician description
reasons this career would appeal to me
1) X-ray technicians work with a wide variety of imaging technologies, including:
- Traditional X-ray machines
- Computerized axial tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Film and digital mammography
2) This career typically only requires an associates degree, yet is a very well paying job.
Until a few years ago, almost all X-ray technicians worked in hospitals. However, many health systems now offer MRI, mammography and other imaging services on an outpatient basis. Today, over a third of technicians work in physician offices and specialized diagnostic centers.
Most X-ray technicians work full time. In facilities that provide round-the-clock care, their shifts most likely include some evenings, weekends and holidays. Technicians in outpatient settings are more likely to work regular business hours.
Some types of imaging machines emit small amounts of ionizing radiation. To minimize exposure risks, technicians must adhere closely to safety procedures and use shielding and protective clothing when appropriate.
some certificate programs only last 6 months. However, beginning in 2015 technicians must hold an associate's degree from an accredited instititution.
Training programs in X-ray technology include courses in anatomy, biology and physics. Students take an in-depth look at the complex interactions between radiation and living tissue. Some programs also cover phlebotomy and intravenous drug administration. Most X-ray technicians complete both classroom and practical training.