Chris English III
- Radiology technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, specifically in x-ray, and computed tomography (CT) imaginary.
- MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Skills for the Job
Salary and pay
- Hourly Pay is average $27 an hour.
- The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,060.
The median annual wage for radiology technologists was $54,620 in May 2012.
The highest 10 percent earned more than $77,160. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Perks / Benefits
Common benefits for full time Radiology Technologists work include:
- Health insurance
- A retirement plan
- Sick leave
- Paid vacation.
Employment of Radiology Technologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of MRI Technologists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022.
- Hospitals will remain the main employer of Radiology and MRI Technologists, a number of new jobs will be in physicians' offices and in outpatient imaging centers.
As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them.
Radiology technologists are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees. ( U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Opportunities for Advancement
With experience and additional training, staff technologists may become specialists, performing CT scanning, MR, and angiography, a procedure during which blood vessels are x-rayed to find clots.
Technologists also may advance, with additional education and certification, to become a radiologist assistant.
Experienced technologists also may be promoted to supervisor, chief radiologic technologist, and, ultimately, department administrator or director.
Depending on the institution, courses or a master’s degree in business or health administration may be necessary for the director’s position. ( U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & Radiologic Technologist)
How to Become a Member of the Profession
- Formal training programs in radiography range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree. Two-year associate degree programs are most prevalent.
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the Radiology Technologies is desirable for supervisory, administrative, or teaching positions.
To become licensed, technologists must graduate from an accredited program and must pass a certification exam from the state or from the The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
- To be re-certified, radiographers must complete 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
- 1-year certificate programs are available for experienced radiographers or individuals from other health occupations who want to change fields. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
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