Radiology Technician Career

Career Description:

Radiological procedures, therapies and treatments such as x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and CT scanning are very important part of healthcare services.  It helps physicians determine a patient’s health condition and know what treatment or procedure is necessary.  Performing these radiological procedures and treatments is the radiology technician.  The radiology technician is responsible for preparing patients for the procedure and operates the imaging equipment according to the specifications of a physician.   It is the job of the radiology technician to educate and explain to the patient what he will undergo. Successfully performing these tasks requires one to undergo formal training in various areas of radiology.  It is a must that one is equipped with communication, analytical and interpersonal skills.

How to become a Radiology Technician

To become a radiology technician one must at least be a high school graduate.  Take a radiology technician training program through various medical schools to earn a certificate or diploma.  One may also pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree if one desires to acquire specialized skills and gain advancement in one’s career.  Obtain a license through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  Once employed, the radiology technician will undergo on-the-job training to help one get ready with his duties and responsibilities.  Gain specializations by taking advanced courses and gaining clinical experience. Take continuing education classes.  Continuing education classes allows one to grow professionally and be equipped with the knowledge of new technologies.

Radiology Technician Courses, training, programs

A radiology technician degree covers courses include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diagnostic medical sonography, radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, tomography, interventional procedures, radiology and mammography.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

Argosy University (multiple locations across America)

Kaplan University (online learning, multiple locations across America)

Keiser University (online learning, Florida)

Pioneer Pacific College, Oregon

South College (Tennessee, North Carolina)

Radiology Technician Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

The radiology technician has the opportunity to earn from $24,587 to $60,676 per year depending on one’s employer, location, experience, and benefits.  One may find work in various hospitals, healthcare centers, radiology clinics, medical services and orthopedic centers.  Advancement in this type of career is possible through continued education.

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