Medical Radiography Career Opportunities
Graduates of the Baptist University Medical Radiography program are prepared for careers performing diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x-rays, CT, and MRI.
Radiologic technologists typically perform the following duties:
- Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
- Precisely follow imaging orders from physicians
- Prepare patients for procedures
- Position the patient and equipment for imaging
- Operate computers to assist in communication of images
- Evaluate images and determine image quality
- Keep detailed patient records
In 2012, radiologic technologists held about 200,000 jobs. MRI technologists held an additional 30,000 jobs. Diagnostic imaging technologists work in healthcare facilities including hospitals, outpatient clinics, surgical centers, and mobile radiographic units. Like other healthcare workers, diagnostic imaging technologists may be exposed to infectious diseases. The jobs may require long periods of time on their feet and the need to lift patients who are disabled.
Experienced radiographic technologists may advance to management positions within the diagnostic imaging department or hospital. Other advancement opportunities include teaching, technical sales, research, interventional radiology, MRI, CT, and quality management.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for radiologist technologists was approximately $54,620. The lowest 10% earned less than $38,000, and the top 10% earned more than $77,100.
Employment of radiographic technologists is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
For More Information
For more career information about medical radiography technologists, visit:
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (https://www.arrt.org/)
- The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (https://www.asrt.org)
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/)