If you’re drawn to the healthcare field and are seeking an emotionally rewarding career that offers financial stability, maybe radiography is a good choice.
Medical Radiography, also known as X-ray Technology, involves using sophisticated imaging equipment to photograph parts of the human body.
The responsibilities of performing medical imaging procedures in this occupation include:
- Performing excellent service for physicians and patients by producing images of diagnostic quality
- Working closely with patients to explain the imaging process, relieving their concerns
- Positioning patients and equipment correctly
- Keeping yourself up-to-date on the functionality of the equipment
- Processing images
- Keeping patient records
Jobs are found in hospitals, physicians' offices, clinics, diagnostic imaging centers, temporary staffing agencies and mobile units. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs for radiographers and other radiologic technologists are projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022—faster than the average for all occupations. This is due, in part, to the aging of the baby boomers. Experts believe there will be an increase in medical conditions—like bone fractures due to osteoporosis—that will require X-rays.
At St. Vincent’s College, graduates of the radiography program have enjoyed a 100% placement rate. St. Vincent’s doesn’t guarantee positions, but the teaching staff there does provide one-on-one guidance to help their grads make the right connections.
The median annual income for radiographers in 2012 was $55,630. Your radiology salary will depend on your geographic location. Radiographers working in major metropolitan areas earn more than those working in smaller communities.
Radiography Career Path
The entry-level preparation for careers in this field is as a radiologic technologist, often referred to as a radiologic technician (rad tech) or radiographer.
Typically, a radiologic technologist has two-to-four years of schooling that leads to earning associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in radiography. While a one-year certificate has been an acceptable educational credential here in Connecticut in the past, effective in 2015 all new entry-level radiographers must have at least an associate’s degree from an accredited college or university.
After completing their program of study, rad techs must be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and must complete continuing education credits biannually to remain registered throughout their careers.
Advantages of a Certificate in Radiography
In an earlier blog we outlined for you some of the advantages of a certificate in radiography. We thought we would highlight them again here:
If you want to be on the cutting edge of new developments in medical technology consider a career as a radiologic technologist. There will be an important caring component to your work. Rad techs are like a bridge between the patient and the machine. They offer a special combination of empathy and high tech skills. If you are excited by the idea of operating sophisticated computers that can “see” into the inner workings of the human body—and you want to help people, then maybe radiography is a good choice for you.
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Did you see how this program could be the right one for you? St. Vincent's College offers:
- Excellent training and education
- Caring and engaging faculty
- A team of advisors to get you on your way quickly
Ready to talk to one of our admissions counselors or a member of our faculty? We love to hear from future students! Please call our Director of Admissions, Joe Marrone, at 203-576-5515 or email us at [email protected]. We will be happy to help guide you through the admissions process.