As the number of aging Americans continues to increase, it is expected that members of that population will have more medical conditions, such as fractures caused by osteoporosis, that require imaging to diagnose and treat.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition), the need for radiologic technologists to maintain and use the diagnostic equipment also will grow. In fact, the BLS forecasts growth in that profession should expand by 28% through 2020 – faster than the average for all occupations. The agency also says job prospects will be best for radiologic technologists with multiple certifications.
“The radiologic technology field is fascinating because it is part science and part art,” says Craig Shephard, National Dean of Radiologic Technology for Fortis. “Our students study subjects such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, radiation safety and physics, and learn to use computers to acquire and manipulate radiographic images.” Although hospitals remain a primary employer of radiologic technologists, many new jobs will be created in physicians’ offices and imaging centers as care shifts toward outpatient care as part of cost-saving measures.
At Fortis Institute in Fort Lauderdale, the Radiologic Technology students develop skills in communication, scientific inquiry, diversity and critical thinking that enable them to work as team members and solve problems. Graduates are prepared to work as radiographers in hospitals, outpatient imaging centers, and physicians’ offices. Through additional education and experience, they also may pursue certification in advanced imaging modalities.
To learn more about becoming a radiologic technologist program at Fortis Institute in Fort Lauderdale, or at other Fortis campuses, visit www.fortis.edu and check out the program overview.