Radiologist technician career

In reality, there are many ways to succeed as an x-ray technician, and certainly more than three “tips” that can help you in that endeavor. But if you go to an accredited college, earn as many certifications as you can manage, and make a strategic decision about your future work environment, you won’t be off to a bad start! Go to an Accredited College As you research different schooling options, go to the website of each institution and look for the tab that offers information about accreditation. The school should list in plain sight by what commission it is accredited, such as the Joint Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. If the college has multiple schools or a long list of departments, they may have more than one accreditation. You can also go to the commission’s website to learn more about its standards for accreditation and to verify that it is a council approved by the U.S. Department of Education. By going to an accredited school, you can guarantee that you are attending an institution that meets national standards for quality curriculum and comprehensiveness of subject matter. If you neglect to go to an accredited school, you are taking a risk with your education that may end with you being inadequately prepared for a career as a radiological technologist. Plus, some states require you to graduate from an accredited program in order to obtain a license. Specialize in Multiple Areas As a student in a radiologic technician program, you will learn about more than just x-ray imaging. You will also learn how to operate machines and analyze images related to MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and potentially mammograms. However, once you graduate, you will usually end up working in a specific area, such as x-ray. For this reason, many graduates only take the state certifying exam in one area. Although job prospects are good, the people who will have the best career outlook are those who have multiple certifications. In doing so you broaden your pool of potential employment opportunities, and your diversification of skill will make you attractive to employers. Other specialties might include nuclear medicine, PET scans, bone densitometry, US, and radiation oncology. If you are someone who gets bored with one career path fairly easily, you can switch to a new area of imaging, such as by going from x-ray to nuclear medicine – but only if you have multiple certifications. Although you could earn certifications at any time, it might be wise to take the exams immediately upon graduation, when information is fresh in your mind. Consider Your Work Environment 61% of radiologic technologists work in local, state, or private hospitals. If you are looking to get a job immediately after graduation, it might be best to check with hospitals near you. They are likely to have the biggest need for employees and will need to fill vacancies quickly. Hospitals are not, however, places where you will make in the top 10% of income. You’ll make the most money if you earn a postgraduate degree and teach other radiology students at a college or university. Not everyone has the time and resources to stay in school for many years, however, so you might also consider working for a research and development service, in a specialty hospital, or for an insurance carrier – all industries where you will make more money than if you work in a general hospital. You’ll also have to think about where you want to work geographically, as the amount you will make will vary based the state and also the metropolitan area. You’ll also have to weigh how important your salary is to you – should you make the decision about work environment solely on how you can maximize income, or based on where you think you would enjoy working? Sources: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-6 http://www.johnson.edu/prospective-students/programs-of-study/health-services/radiologic-technology/course-description/ http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292034.htm

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