Radiologic technologists

What Do They Do?

There are many different jobs a Radiologic Technologist may do depending on your specialty. These can include X-ray, CT scans, MRI, fluoroscopy, and sonography. All of these specialties are aimed at getting internal images of a patients body to help diagnose injury and disease.

What is the Salary?

Salary Estimates

Median Salary

$59,520
$35,712
$59,520
$95,232

With a median salary of $59,520 according to  the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, becoming a radiologic technologist earns well over the average salary. More experienced tech’s and those that work in more competitive markets can earn up to and above a six figure salary.

Work Environment

Employment 2018

210,500

Employment 2028

229,500

Change

9%

Self-Employed

1%

There are a number of different work environments a radiologic technologist may end up working in. The most common are hospitals, physician’s offices, and outpatient facilities.

Regardless of where you are working, a radiologic technician will have a fair amount of intersection with patients, and good people skills are a major bonus. Many of the people encountered will have some anxiety about their procedure, and being able to give some calm to patients is a valued skillset.

What Education and Experience is Needed?

Education Level

Associate’s degree

Related work experience

On-the-job training

None

A radiologic technologist in most cases will complete an associate’s degree and is often complemented with an ARRT certification to increase an applicant’s marketability. You can also consider a certificate program, especially if you already have some experience in the radiologic disciplines. Additionally, you will need to look at an individual state’s licensing requirements and pass any mandatory exams.

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Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics