WHAT THEY DO:
As a Radiologic technologist (also known as x-ray technicians) you will be working with physicians to create diagnostic images for their patients. Radiologic technologists perform a variety of diagnostic imaging examinations such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and X-Rays.
You will use special machines, like x-ray machines, to take pictures of patient’s anatomy. You will get patients ready for the exam, position them carefully, and prevent both the patient and yourself from overexposure to radiation.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Most radiologic technologists have an associate’s degree and are licensed or certified, depending on the state. Once you have gained some experience, you may decide to specialize in MRI examinations and eventually take a MRI certification exam.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that
the median salary of radiologic technologists was $55,910 in 2012.
They jobs are predicted to increase 21% to 24% from 2012-2022, per the BLS. While hospitals are expected to remain the primary employer for radiologic technicians, it is expected that many new jobs will open up in out-patient imaging centers and doctors offices.