Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x-rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.
Radiologic Technologist’s Salary
In 2012, the median annual salary for a Radiologic Technologist was $57,370 or $27.58 an hour. The lowest 10% of Radiologic Technologist earned less than $37,610 while the top 10% earned more than $80,080.
Radiologic Technologist Basics
In 2014, there were a total of 230,600 Radiologic Technologist jobs. The typical level of education that most Radiologic Technologists needed to enter this field was an entry-level education with an Associate’s Degree. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.
Radiologic Technologist Environment
The Radiologic Technologist work environment varies depending on what the individual wishes to do. In 2014, 4% of radiologic technologist worked in an outpatient care center; 8% worked in medical and diagnostic laboratories; 21% worked in office of physicians, and 59% worked in general medical and surgical hospitals.
An associate’s degree is the most common educational pathway for Radiologic Technologist. Technologists must be licensed or certified in some states; requirements vary by state. Study aids such as study guides, flashcards, and practice questions from Mometrix Test Preparation are a great way to prepare for the ARRT certification exam.