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Career Outlook for a Radiology Technician

Apr 08, 2010

If you are looking for a career that is challenging, fast-paced, and fun then a career as a radiology technician may be the perfect fit. Not only do you get to help people every day as a radiology technician – you also get to make great money, meet some nice people, and have fantastic career prospects.

When you decide to become a radiology technician you may want to take some time to look into all the different technologies you can learn. A radiology technician works primarily with X-ray machines and imaging, but you can enhance your skill set and employability by learning how to operate CT scanners, MRI machines, and mammographers. This way you can earn more and have more job opportunities in hospitals, care centers, and clinics around the country.

Jobs in the health care industry are growing at a phenomenal pace, and radiology technicians are no exception. Between 2008 and 2018, it is expected that jobs in this sector will increase at 17 percent, which is much higher than the average for all occupations. While hospitals are the primary employers of radiology technicians, there are many job opportunities available at physician’s offices and imaging centers, and these opportunities will also expand as the technology becomes more affordable.

Why are careers as radiology technicians expanding? There are two primary reasons. The first reason is the need for more health care providers to care for and treat the aging population. Many people are reaching their 50s and 60s, and as a result there is more need for those who are trained in taking diagnostic imaging slides to spot and prevent diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer.

The second reason why there are more job openings for radiology technicians is that many of those people who are already in this occupation are getting ready to retire. It is expected that within the next 10 years there will be a major shortage of health care workers, including radiology technicians, which is why now is a great time to start your training. In one to two years you can be ready to take on a career that will help others get well.

Finally, one other small change has affected the need for radiology technicians, and it has to do with insurance companies. For years upon years, the insurance companies would only pay for diagnostic imaging to diagnose and treat diseases. Now they have finally realized that it costs them less to pay for diagnostic imaging as a form of preventative medicine – to spot health problems before they become a major issue. So the number of people getting diagnostic imaging as a part of their preventative medicine treatment has increased, and so has the requirement for qualified radiology technicians to help them.

It is important to keep in mind that while all this growth is occurring, there is also a major shortage in hospital funding, so hospitals and health care centers are trying to reduce costs wherever possible. This means that they are looking for radiology technicians who can take on multiple roles, instead of having to pay several people to do them separately. This is why many people who become radiology technicians are choosing to stay in school longer, so they can learn about CTs, MRIs, and administrative requirements so they can be of more value to their employers.

Becoming a radiology technician may be a great career for you if you enjoy working with people and technology. Once you have the appropriate training and certification, you will find that there is virtually no limit to where you can work, and you can earn a terrific salary.

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