WHAT DO RADIOLOGY TECHNOLOGISTS DO?
Radiology technologists get to know people from the inside out. They are the men and women who work in hospitals and labs to perform x-rays and other imaging exams on patients.
Radiology techs work with complex radiology machines within the hospital setting and use their knowledge to read the doctor's orders, adjust the equipment, prepare and adjust the patient to get the best picture, maintain patient records and operate the computer connected to the x-ray machine. They also make sure that both they and the patient are safe and out of harm's way from any radiation, using heavy lead shields on the patient.
HOW MUCH DO RADIOLOGY TECHNOLOGISTS MAKE?
In 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiologic technologists made a median hourly income of $26.13, or $54,340 annually.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Radiology techs need at least an associate's degree in radiography, but can have a certificate from a certified company or even a bachelor's degree. some states require that the program be certified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Most states require licensure or certification.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Attention to Detail: Radiology techs need to follow directions exactly, so that the image is taken correctly.
- Interpersonal Skills: Radiology techs work with doctors, nurses and patients who might be in pain or frightened. They also need to work with the patient to move or position them to get the best image. Being a good communicator helps.
- Math and Science: Some radiology techs may have to mix chemicals that patients swallow to get a proper image. They also have to know physiology, anatomy, and other sciences to do their job.
- Stamina: Radiology techs have to work on their feet for long days.
- Technical Skill: Radiology techs work with complex computers and machinery.
THE FUTURE OF RADIOLOGY TECHNOLOGISTS
Jobs will grow rapidly between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS, much faster than the average for all jobs.