The people who operate x-ray machines and produce diagnostic images are called radiologic technologists (RT, for short). Professional opportunities for RTs are increasing at a brisk pace. They are growing faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. employment of technologists in radiology and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will continue grow over the next 10 years with the medical needs of aging Americans as a driving force for this growth.
A radiologic technologist is an important member of the healthcare team and works closely with physicians to provide critical information, patient care and injury diagnostics. More than half of radiologic and MRI technologists work in hospitals while others work in physician’s offices, outpatient care centers and diagnostic laboratories.
Radiologic Technologists have Opportunity to Advance
Radiologic technologists take pictures of patients’ bones, organs and tissue using x-ray or CT (computed tomography) equipment. Positioning patients to protect them from overexposure to harmful radiation is part of the job, so radiologic technicians need both technical skills and the ability to communicate with patients to make them as comfortable as possible. RTs who specialize in MRI scans, CT scans and mammography can advance their careers by pursuing more training and by gaining more experience on the job. Some can become radiology directors or instructors.
Beginning Your Career
Fortis offers an associate degree program to train students for entry-level positions in the imaging and radiological profession. If you are interested in a career medical imaging, you can schedule a tour at one of our campuses in Tennessee (in Nashville and Cookeville), Ohio, Maryland or Louisiana that offer the program. Please visit the Radiologic Technologist page on the website, or call 1-855-436-7847 for more information. Get started today!