Radiologic and MRI Technologist
What They Do:
Radiologic technologists perform medical imaging exams and administer radiation therapy treatments. With the help of various imaging technologies, these professionals take pictures of a patient’s body for radiologists, who will then interpret the images. Radiologic technologists often specialize in a particular examination technique, such as mammography or bone densitometry. These professionals can also assist oncology teams in delivering radiation therapy to cancer patients.
Most radiologic technologists get an associate degree, though there are also bachelor’s degree programs available. A student’s coursework will include anatomy, patient positioning, radiation safety and basic patient care, among other subjects. After graduating, they’ll need to take and pass a national certification exam. A state-specific license and continuing education credits are also requirements for working in the field.
What They Make:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 median annual income was $62,280 per year.
Where They Work:
Most radiologic technologists are employed at state, local and private hospitals, physicians’ offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
Updated February 2021