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Your future as a Radiologic Technologist

Your future as a Radiologic Technologis  Have you ever had an x-ray? Ten you've probably met a radiologic technologist. Radiologic services, often called imaging services, employ radiologic technologists who perform imaging tests to assist in diagnosing patients. Some radiologic technologists specialize in computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While most are employed in hospitals, jobs are also available in many specialties and settings. Te health industry has been trying to overcome a severe shortage of radiologic technologists for a number of years. Have you ever had an x-ray? Then you've probably met a radiologic technologist. Radiologic services, often called imaging services, employ radiologic technologists who perform imaging tests to assist in diagnosing patients. Some radiologic technologists specialize in computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). While most are employed in hospitals, jobs are also available in many specialties and settings. The health industry has been trying to overcome a severe shortage of radiologic technologists for a number of years.

 

Factors contributing to the shortage:

  • the number of medical imaging procedures performed are increasing each year
  • a growing and aging population
  • a workforce that is approaching retirement age
  • difficulty in attracting new entries into the workforce
  • advancing technology requires continued training

The Gulf Coast Region needs to train 150 Radiologic Technologists each year from 2012 to 2022 to keep up with demand!

Visualize yourself in this exciting career that pays more than $55,000 a year.

The Gulf Coast Region needs to train 150 Radiologic Technologists each year from 2012 to 2022 to keep up with demand!  Visualize yourself in this exciting career that pays more than $55,000 a year.

 


What about specialized positions or advancement opportunities?

With experience and additional training, candidates may become specialized, branch into other related occupations or move up into management positions:

  • With experience and additional training, candidates may become specialized, branch into other related occupations, or move up into management positions:      CT scanning specialis      Angiography       Mammography specialist       Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)       Supervisor       Chief radiologic technologist CT Scanning Specialist
  • Angiography
  • Mammography Specialist
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Supervisor
  • Chief Radiologic Technologist

 



 


Plan Early for a Career as a Radiologic Technologist

Radiological technology occupations usually require completion of a two-year associate degree program. Formal training programs do, however, range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree. Training programs can be found at:

  • Community Colleges
  • Universities
  • Vocational-Technical Institutes
  • In some instances, training is available in hospital-sponsored programs

In addition to training completion, employers generally require job candidates to be certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists. To be eligible for certification, technologists must graduate from an accredited program and pass an examination. In addition, candidates are generally required to be licensed or eligible for license by the State of Texas Department of Health.

 


Preparing for a Radiologic Technologist Career*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Introduction to Health Science Technology AND Medical Terminology

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology I

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology II or Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems or Languages other than English III

Algebra II

Communication Applications

Physics

PE or Equivalent

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology III or Pathophysiology or Independent Study or Calculus or Languages other than English IV

AP Statistics

Fine Arts

Scientific Research
and Design

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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