Radiology Technology Careers

If technology and medicine interest you, then an associates or bachelors degree in Radiology Technology may be right for you. Radiology technicians assist radiologists with a variety of diagnostic imaging, ranging from routine X-rays and mammograms, to computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultra sounds. Coursework includes classes in anatomy, physiology, and biology as well as hands-on clinical work. Those earning their degree in Radiology Technology must complete a certification exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Employment Opportunities

Radiology technician professionals work in a wide range of positions, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Diagnostic imaging centers
  • Physician’s offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinics

Skills

Radiology technician professionals need to have strengths in a number of areas, including:

  • Expert knowledge of imaging equipment and technologies
  • Ability to analyze and translate medical images
  • Strong communication skills
  • Medical terms and procedures

Industry Spotlight

Employment of radiology technicians is expected to grow faster than average, and job opportunities are expected to be favorable. In addition to job growth, job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. Radiologic technologists are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR, and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008