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Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic technologists perform a variety of important medical imaging tasks in order to detect and diagnose illness. Healthcare employers around the country are urgently seeking candidates to fill these important jobs. Radiology jobs are available for people with a wide variety of skill and education. No matter what level of education you have, there is a place for you to start your radiologic technologist career.

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How to Become a Radiologic Technologist

It's important to consider a higher education when thinking about entering the health care field. Becoming a radiologic technologist typically requires some postsecondary education, as well as a state license. Here are some basic steps to follow if you're interested in this career:

  • Get a high school diploma or GED. This is usually an important first step for most health care jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends that you focus on high school classes in math and science, which could give you skills in important topics like anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics.
  • Research radiology schools. It's important to make sure your program has been accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
  • Earn an associate degree. The Associate of Applied Science degree is common among radiology professionals who are just starting out. The associate degree is sometimes a base requirement for taking the certification exam that is required to start in your career.
  • Get licensed or certified in your state. Search your state website for more details on requirements, or check out the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) to find out how to earn certification. 

We recommend doing further research about the steps involved with becoming a certified radiologic technologist in your area. From finding a school, taking courses, on the job training, and more. You can find it in our how to become a radiologic technologist page.

Radiologic Technologist Job Description

As a radiology tech, you will be a part of a team with the rewarding job of seeking out illness through skill and mastery of imaging techniques. From patient positioning, image quality, and use of different radiographic technology and modalities, read all about the duties and expectations of an RT.

Take a look at our example job description on our Job Descriptions page to learn more.

What is the Job Outlook for Radiologic Technologists?

As the baby boomer generation ages, there will be increasing demand for medical imaging and the trained professionals who perform those procedures. Many new jobs will be found in specialized medical imaging centers or large scale physician's offices. Medical imaging is becoming more wide spread as the technology that supports it becomes less expensive and easier to use. Hospitals will remain the largest employer for radiologic technologists.

Here's a quick look at what to expect from a career in radiology tech, according to recent data from the BLS:

CareerAnnual Mean WageProjected Job Growth Rate
Radiologic Technologists58,5208.7
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Keep in mind that salary in many jobs can range, depending on where you're located and how much experience you have. More experienced radiologic technologists tend to be in the higher range. Your salary could also be dependent on factors such as the type of facility you work in or the demand for workers in your area. Review our radiologic technologist salary for more comprehensive and comparisons.

Radiology Degree Programs

Find out about a radiology associates degree, radiology bachelors degree, and radiology certificate programs. Learn how long it takes to complete your radiology degree and the courses you can expect to take. Request information from online and campus based radiology schools and get the answers you need to get your future as a Radiologic Technologist started.

Most radiologic technologists choose to specialize in a particular procedure or sub-category within the field of radiology. Becoming certified to perform specific procedures will make you a more desirably job candidate and may increase your salary potential. Learn more about radiology specializations.


Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/, accessed July 29, 2016
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/, accessed July 29, 2016
  3. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/, accessed July 29, 2016

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