Radiologic Technologist

How much do radiologic technologists (or X Ray Techs) Make?

If you think you may be interested in a career as a radiologic technologist, you’ve come to the right place. Read below to learn about a radiologic technologist’s average salary, what type of career you may have as a radiologic technologist and what it takes to become a radiologic technologist.

Radiologic technologists are medical professionals who perform diagnostic imaging tests and also administer radiation therapy to cancer patients. To become a radiologic technologist, one must pass at least a two year training program and must pass a national certification exam to earn the Registered Radiologic Technologist (RT) credential. This can be obtained through the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. To maintain the RT certification, the individual must complete continuing education credits.

In addition to performing diagnostic procedures, the RT works closely with both the physician and the radiologist. Radiologic technologists may specialize and obtain certification in different areas of diagnostic imaging such as bone density, cardiovascular intervention, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), mammography, sonography and nuclear medicine. Radiologic technologists who are working as part of the radiation team may work as either a radiation therapist or a medical dosimetrist.

What Are The Average Earnings in 2014?

The average salary for radiologic technologists may vary by different factors such as location, level of training and experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the mean annual wage for radiologic technologists was $56,760 as of May 2013. The BLS also reports that California is the state with the highest level of employment for this occupation, with the next highest states being Texas, New York Florida and Pennsylvania.

The highest earnings for radiologic technologists, as of May 2013, took place in California, Alaska, Massachusetts, District of Columbia and Rhode Island. The number of certifications the radiologic technologist obtains can also play a role in the earnings.

Where Do Radiologic Technologists Work?

Radiologic technologists may work in hospitals, clinics, medical and diagnostic laboratories, physician offices and outpatient care centers, although the highest level of employment for RTs is hospitals. During 2012, approximately 59% of radiologic technologists were working in general medical and surgical hospitals, and they earned a mean annual wage of $57.350. The second highest number (22%) of radiologic technologists worked in physician offices and earned more than $53,200, according to the BLS. Radiologic technologists who worked in colleges, universities and professional schools earned $66,320, which was the highest amount for any industry.

Career Outlook for Radiologic Technologists

The BLS predicted that radiologic technologists would experience employment growth of 21% between 2012 and 2022 while MRI technologists would see an employment growth of 24% during that decade. This faster-than-average growth is attributed to the growing and aging population suffering more ailments and being in need of medical diagnostic procedures. In an attempt to save money, many patients are choosing outpatient care. This increase towards outpatient care is also improving the career opportunities for radiologic technologists. Radiologic technologists with multiple certifications generally experience the best career opportunities.

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