Reasons to Become a Radiologic Technologist
Aug. 29, 2016
A Radiologic Technologist performs various medical imaging exams, and the images they create are used by radiologists to diagnose patients' ailments. It's a position that requires effective communication abilities, patience and kindness, and the Radiologic Technologist must stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and equipment.
"It is extremely important in this field that technologists make sure patients feel comfortable and are satisfied with their experience," said Jennifer Daniels, BSRS, RT(R)(CT), Radiologic Technology Program Director at Concordes Memphis, Tenn. campus.
Wide variety of specialties
In addition to diagnostic X-ray, the Radiologic Technologist also can specialize in mammography, computed tomography or bone densitometry, to name a few. Radiologic Technologists can be employed at state, local and private hospitals, physicians' offices, and medical and diagnostic laboratories.
"The demand for Radiologic Technologists should continue to stay strong since there is a large aging population in need of imaging to diagnose and treat medical conditions," Daniels said.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of about nine percent between 2014-2024 for this profession - 17,200 new positions.
Ten more reasons why Radiologic Technologist might be the health care profession for you
- Active work environment - If you enjoy working with your hands and being active during your work shift, then this is a good career path for you.
- Long weekends - Many technicians work three 12-hour shifts, then enjoy prolonged down time.
- Can work alone or in groups - Although you will work with others at times, the job offers a great deal of autonomy and allows you to make your own decisions.
- Helping people - It adds to job satisfaction when you see that your work actually is helping others and making a difference.
- Work where you want - Since there are so many jobs that need filled, you almost are guaranteed that you can get a job in any area you want to move.
- Easy to get a job - Especially if you specialize in different areas, having more credentials will make you more valuable in a ton of different locations.
- Can expand into other fields - Although the future for the aspiring Radiologic Technologist seems promising, there are several other careers that could be pursued, such as diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians and nuclear medicine technologists.
- Job outlook and security - Prospects look particularly promising for this occupation because of this country's aging baby boomer population, which probably will deal with breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis and other factors.
- Earn great wages - The Radiologic Technologist typically earns very competitive wages, and almost all employees receive great benefits.
- Only takes a two-year degree - A two-year associate's degree is the most common route to becoming a Radiologic Technologist, with some states also requiring a license. There also are specializations you can learn, the most common being the MRI specialization.