Radiology Technologist

Chris English III

The Basics

  • 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)
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Skills for the Job

Skills for the job are ranged. Radiology Technologists need to be skilled in several areas. The obvious skill being technical skills. Technologists must understand the machines and how to use them. This includes several different machines. Technologists also need to be detailed oriented. From the exact process of obtaining the image to diagnosing the patient. Technologist must also be skilled in math. Math skills are important in the machinery used, and for calculating the sizes of areas being X-rayed. Technologist should also be skilled in interpersonal skills, closely working with patients from keeping files to communicating with the patient. Sometimes patients can also need assistance being moved into position for an X-ray or a CT scan. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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)

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Work Environment

The work environment of a Radiology Technologist is usually a hospital, but could be a small or large scale physicians' office. Radiology Technologists need to follow physicians' orders precisely and conform to regulations concerning the use of radiation to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. Radiology Technologists also can be on their feet for extended amounts of time. Technologists in small scale physicians' office could be alone or on a team of two to tree other technologists depending on the scenario, but in hospitals can have much larger work teams. (Radiologic Technologist & AllHealthcare)
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Perks / Benefits

Common benefits for full time Radiology Technologists work include:

  1. Health insurance
  2. A retirement plan
  3. Sick leave
  4. Paid vacation.
Some part-time Radiology Technologists receive benefits. ( U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Job Outlook

  • 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)

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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)

Ten Questions

  • What are the working hours at specific job offer?

  • What is the pay for specific job offer?

  • What is your favorite part of the job?

  • What is your least favorite part of the job?

  • How long have you been working in the field?

  • Whats your specific job; CT, X-ray, MRI?

  • Do you have any tips and Tricks for the job?

  • What are some perks at the specific job offer?

  • What jobs did you look at before choosing this one?

  • What school did you go to before this job?

the Article
This article describes Radiologic Technicians and their importance in the military. The article has several claims about how the Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) offers a vast and professional radiology department. Offering top of the line equipment. As well as 24/7 staffing. The staff of this department are made up by military as well as civilian technicians.
This article is an interview with the lead radiologic technologist at Scripps Health. He gives a lot of insight for his job. He gives information for up and coming Radiologic Technologists as well as current Radiologic Technologists. He answers several questions from professional to more personal fun. From little jokes told on the job. To the things he does with friends in the work field while off the job. He also described the importance Radiology Technologist have in the world.

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