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Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologist

Radiographers, also referred to as radiologic technologists and x-ray technicians, work extensively with computers and specialized equipment to create images that allow physicians to diagnose conditions inside the body. Radiographers produce x-ray films (radiographs). They may specialize in computed tomography (CT scan) or mammography.

Ultrasound Technologists, or sonographers, use sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. Physicians use these images to assess the condition of a specific organ or to see the development of a fetus in a pregnant woman.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists use super-conductive magnets and radio waves to gather information about anatomy or the body’s chemical composition.

Salary Range: $38,660 – $82,590

Salary Notes: More education and training can lead to higher salaries and greater opportunities. The mean salary in Vermont is $59,540.

Where you can study:
Champlain College Radiography Program [1], Burlington, VT
Maine College of Health Professions [2], Lewiston, ME
Community College of Rhode Island [3], Warwick, RI
Gateway Community College [4], New Haven, CT
Laboure College [5], Milton, MA
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences [6], Boston, MA
NHTI, Concord’s Community College [7], Concord, NH
North Shore Community College [8], Danvers, MA
Northern Essex Community College [9], Haverhill, MA
Rhode Island College [10], Providence, RI
River Valley Community College [11], Claremont, NH
Southern Vermont College [12], Bennington, VT
Springfield Technical Community College [13], Springfield, MA
University of Hartford [14], Hartford, CT
University of Vermont [15], Burlington, VT
Westchester Community College, [16] Valhalla, NY

Where you might work:
– Diagnostic Imaging Centers – Hospitals – Industrial Research and Development Facilities – Medical and Dental Laboratories – Outpatient Clinics – Physician Offices

Job Outlook: The outlook is excellent for radiographers. Demand is expected to increase at a faster than average rate due to a growing and aging population. Radiographers with cross training in nuclear medicine technology or other modalities will have the best job prospects.

Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work should focus on math and science. Associate and bachelor’s degrees are both options for a career in radiologic technology. After earning a degree or certificate from an accredited program, candidates must pass an exam by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in order to become registered in most states.

Professional Organizations:
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists [17] 651-687-0048
American Society of Radiologic Technologists [18] 800-444-2778
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology [19] 312-704-5300