Career Spotlight: Opportunities for Radiology Technologists
Did you know that the x-ray was discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895? That special date serves as the cornerstone for National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), an annual event to recognize the important role that medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in modern healthcare settings. The theme for NRTW 2017 is ‘Positioning To Save Lives’, and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) is encouraging all healthcare professionals to take part in bringing awareness and recognition to the 241,700+ Radiologic and MRI Technologists in the United States.
NRTW 2017 also provides an opportunity to promote the many opportunities that currently exist for those who have chosen or those who are considering Radiologic Technology as a career option. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Radiologic and MRI Technologists positions are expected to grow at a faster rate than average careers and add more than 30,000 jobs over the next ten years. Medical Imaging professionals work in a variety of settings, with close to 60% working in hospitals, 20% working in diagnostic labs, and 17% in physician offices and outpatient centers.
Radiologic and MRI Techs can start their careers with a minimum of an associate’s degree, and if inclined can continue with postsecondary programs leading to a bachelor’s degree. Licenses or official certification is required in most states. However, employers typically demand certification in states that do not require it.
As with most healthcare careers, rapidly advancing technology will continue to play an important role in the growth of radiologic technology careers. The important benefits of medical imaging, combined with an aging population feeding the need for more imaging exams are laying the groundwork for making this an important career opportunity.
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