Most radiologists are employed full-time and work a 5-day, 40 to 50-hour week. However, this number may vary depending on your experience. At the beginning of their careers, doctors are often expected to work much longer hours. Those who work in clinics or hospitals may have to work evening and weekend shifts to meet the needs of their patients. In addition to their scheduled workweek, many radiologists are on call at times when they are not at work. This means they can be called in at any time, day or night, to attend to emergencies. On-call activities can add several hours to a workweek, making it difficult to balance a career with family life. Also, working so many hours can be exhausting.
The first step in becoming a radiologist is to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Pre-medicine students may major in any subject but need to meet prerequisites in math, biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, physics and the humanities. Students can strengthen their medical school application by earning academic honors, volunteering, conducting scientific research and achieving high scores on the Medical Collage admission Test (MCAT) Many four-year colleges and universities have pre-med advisors who assist students in planning an appropriate program of study.
Next, aspiring radiologists move on to medical school. Because radiology is an extremely competitive specialty, candidates must excel academically in order to compete for available residencies. They will also benefit from top scores on Steps I and II of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Institutions where the education is offered
Approximate cost of education
Tuition is paid in two halves of $4,250.00 each year and does NOT include entrance exam fees, student fees, textbooks and materials, or uniforms
1 st Year students - $375.00 - Due on or before the first day of classes
2 nd Year students - $455.00 - Due on or before the first day of classes
The U.S. Bureau if Labor Statistics states that the median annual pay among specialist doctors (a group that includes radiologists) was $396,233 as of 2012. Meanwhile, Medscape surveyed 24,000 doctors for its 2012 Physician Compensation Report, finding that the median annual pay of radiologists was $315,000. Salary.com’s data as of September 2014 suggests that radiologists nationwide earn a median salary of $379,323.
All of these figures are well above the median pay of primary care physicians. Earnings increase with experience and vary by location and subspecialty.