dcsimg
Explore Degrees
X

Radiologist Career & Education Information

Radiologist M.D.'s : A Closer Look at this High Demand Job

Radiologist Job Description

A Radiologist M.D. is a physician with a full medical degree and doctorate who diagnoses and treats diseases using radiologic technology. Often this is a process of correlating various type of radiographic findings with other examinations and tests. Radiologists have a very high level of knowledge about various medical imaging modalities and how to utilize findings from many in order to properly diagnose. The means of obtaining images are many; however, some of the more common include x-rays (both CT and fluoroscopy), nuclear medicine techniques, ultrasound, or MRI's. The following are some sample bullet points from a Radiologist job description:

  • Administers radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas in order to view organs using x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens, for example.
  • Examines patients, obtains medical history, diagnoses illnesses based on imaging and related tests, and recommends additional exams or treatment plans.
  • Often, radiologists work together with other physicians in order to use all the information and tools at their disposal while attempting to diagnose.

 

Interested in learning or comparing job descriptions of different radiology jobs?

 

What's the Difference between a Radiologist & Radiologic Technologist (RT)?

radiologist-filmA Radiologic Technologist (RT) is the professional who specializes in the actual performance of the imaging techniques, while the Radiologist M.D. is the one who analyzes the findings and does the diagnoses. The differences in pay and education requirements are great. A Radiologic Technologist usually completes an associates or bachelors degree and becomes certified through the ARRT, while a Radiologist must undertake an entire medical education, complete a residency, and become a board certified M.D. Not sure where you could fit into the many options in the field of radiology? Browse the various career options. You can start at our radiology careers page.

How Much do Radiologists Make?

Radiologist Salary

On average, Radiologists make $361,538 annually in the United States. The salary of Radiologists is highly varied depending on your specialty and your geographic region. To learn more about it, take a look in depth at our Radiologist salary resource.

How To Become a Radiologist?

A Radiologists must start by completing a bachelors degree, which will take four years. Then, they must complete medical school, which usually takes another four years. After the formal education, you must complete a residency which can take several additional years. Many M.D.'s indicate that it should be expected to be in a learning mode for an average of 12 years. In addition, some Radiologists choose to subspecialize, which could add a few more years to the learning phase of their career. Becoming a Radiologist takes perseverance, focus, and a passion for what you are doing.

If you want to be a Radiologist, here are some bachelors degrees that you should concider as the first step.

Radiologist Sub-Specialties 

According the ASRT, the following is a list of sub-specialties that Radiologists can pursue:

  • Interventional Radiology: Interventional radiology is the use of minimally invasive techniques to image and treat problems such as blocked blood vessels, biopsy procedures, angioplasty (stenting), tube placement, abscess drainage, and much more.
  • Cardiovascular Radiology: This subspeciality is primarily concerned with the imaging and diagnosis of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Chest and Abdominal Radiology: This area focuses on the chest region such as the heart and lungs.
  • Gastrointestinal Radiology: This is the subspeciality of radiology which images and treats the digestive tract, stomach, intestines, and abdomenal region.
  • Genitourinary Radiology: Focus is on the reproductive organs, bladder, and urinary tract.
  • Head and Neck Radiology: Just as it sounds, its primary concern is the diseases and abnormalities that occur in the head and neck region and the role that radiology plays in treating these areas.
  • Muscoskeletal Radiology: This is the specialty within radiology that is devoted to the imaging and diagnosis of the skeletal system and muscles.
  • Pediatric Radiology: Pediatric radiology focuses on the use of radiology for treatment and diagnosis of problems with children and enfants.
  • Emergency Radiology: Use of radiology in emergency conditions such as emergency trauma patients.
  • Neuroradiology: Focuses on the use of radiologic imaging to diagnose problems with the brain and spinal areas using CT, x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI procedures.
  • Nuclear Radiology: Use of radioactive materials to image, treat, and diagnose patients. The most common types of imaging performed are gamma imaging, PET and PET/CT scans.
  • Radiation Oncology: Focus is on cancer treatment using radiation and various medical imaging technologies in conjunction with one another to seek out and eliminate cancer.
  • Breast Imaging & Mammography: Specialization of breast imaging focuses on issues, conditions, and diseases of the breast, which include mammography, ultrasound breast procedures, biopsies, and MRI's.

 

The Shortage of Radiologists creates Opportunities

The baby boomers are aging and the number of Radiologists in the United States is not adequate to deal with the demand for their professsional services. In some cases, Radiologists from India have been either flown in or teleconferenced into meetings to assist with specific cases. According to the ASRT, Radiologists have reported a significant increase in workload including hours worked per week, and the number of cases they are dealing with on a daily basis has dramatically increased. Because of the shortage, the new Radiologist Assistant position was formed. Radiologist Assistants can help perform many of the more complex procedures and can decrease the burden for the Radiologist M.D.'s To learn more, visit our Radiologist Assistant page.

Radiology Programs:

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Results:  13
Matching School Ads
Diploma in Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope)
Remington College , Fort Worth
  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
  • Tuition covers course-required materials for campus students, including books, lab equipment, and class supplies.
  • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
  • Campus accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 18 campuses across the United States, with online options as well.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Medical Career Institute in Ocean, NJ is your one-stop-shop for medical career training in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  Medical Career Institute is approved by the United States Department of Education and the New Jersey Departments of Education and Labor and Workforce Development. Offering both morning and evening classes in addition to financial aid assistance to those who qualify. The school is accredited by ABHES and CAAHEP, ensuring the quality and level of education meets the highest standards.

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (General Concentration)
Advance your career with American Institute - Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Our program can be completed in as little as 16 months. We offer program specializations in general or cardiac sonography, both of which include vascular ultrasound training.
  • Accredited
  • Financial Aid
X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant

Why Brightwood?

Real-World Training

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Medical Assisting Basic X-ray Technician

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology

Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career-focused education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Limited Medical Radiologic Tech-Cert
  • Students participate in an externship program with partnered organizations, where they can get real-world experience.
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and offers a 20% military discount for students who qualify.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • 6 campuses located in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas, with online programs available in Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
A.S. - Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Southern Technical College provides education and training in a variety of medical and technical areas that enables graduates to use their skills for entry-level careers.
  • Our dedicated staff will help you acquire the necessary tools needed to achieve your goals. 
  • At Southern Technical College, we provide academic support, financial aid assistance, graduate placement assistance and more. 
  • With seven campuses located throughout Central and Southwest Florida, your journey towards a new career starts here.
  • If you’re considering colleges in Florida, come find out why you belong at Southern Technical College.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Certificate in Patient Care Technician
Berkeley College , Woodbridge
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2018 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • Provides faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
  • Over $45 million in Berkeley College institutional aid was provided to qualified students during the 2017-2018 award year.
  • Over 7,000 students (more than 440 international students, representing nearly 75 countries).
  • 3,000+ students took at least one online class in fall 2017
  • Berkeley College named a "Best of the Best" by U.S. Veterans Magazine; 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Berkeley College ranked first in its category in Overall Mobility Index, 2017 – The New York Times
  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, 2014-2018 – U.S. News & World Report
  • USDLA/Quality Standards Certification, 2013-2017 – United States Distance Learning Association
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
A.S. - Cardiovascular Sonography
City College , Hollywood
  • Features a community service program for students, called the Ambassador Program.
  • Offers several programs in healthcare, criminal justice, broadcasting, business administration and more.
  • Features an online system called MyPortal that allows students to check their schedule, grades, calculate their GPA, and more.
  • Has 5 Florida campuses located in Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Miami, Hollywood, and Altamonte Springs, with online options.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Patient Care Technician
Quest College , San Antonio

Quest College is dedicated to providing career-focused, accessible education and helping individuals get the training, experience and support for the Allied Health and business industries.

Diploma - Patient Care Technician

Get hands-on training with Brookline College. We offer diploma and degree programs in the areas of health care, business, nursing, criminal justice, paralegal, and computer security. We understand that today's student is busy with many responsibilities, so we offer day, evening, and online classes, giving you options to fit school into your schedule.

  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
Multi-Skill Health Technician
  • A leader in promoting career-focused education since 1959.
  • Its core programs include massage therapy, dental assistant training, health claims specialist, and medical assistant programs.
  • Provides students with one-on-one education support.
  • Requires students to complete an externship where they gain real-world skills and experience.
  • Makes refresher sessions available in courses students have previously taken, at no additional cost.
  • Offers career consultations to graduates.
Show more [+]
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid