Career Insights for Radiologic Technologists

With National Radiological Technology Week quickly approaching, it’s time to point the spotlight on the amazing healthcare professionals who work in this industry. Radiologic technologists are a vital part of our healthcare system who deserve this week dedicated to all of the hard work they put in for patients around the world.

This year, from November 7th to 13th, be sure to thank a radiologic technologist for all that they do, or give yourself a pat on the back if you are one of our valued and appreciated rad techs!

Radiologic technologists deserve  to be celebrated. Thanks to them, our healthcare system continues striving towards high quality care and treatment for any and all patients. Radiological Technology Week is a chance to show all individuals working behind the scenes in radiology just how grateful we are for their hard work and dedication to caring for others.

The Importance of Radiological Technology

The last year and a half have been difficult for everyone, especially those in the medical field. Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as regular patients that need care for other reasons has become the norm for many healthcare professionals. Radiologic technologists play an important role in patient care.

With more people taking the weight off of each other, the easier the work becomes for everyone. Radiologic techs help provide quality healthcare in a time of uncertainty. Thanks to their knowledge and skills, patients can receive intervention, treatments, diagnoses, and much more through the work of radiologic technicians.

Rad Tech Careers

What Do Radiologic Technologists Do?

Radiologic technicians, or rad techs for short, perform all different types of diagnostic imaging on patients, including diagnosis, check-up appointments, injuries, pregnancies, and much more. You can find rad techs in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and a wide variety of other healthcare facilities.

They are specially trained to capture high quality images and interpret them for patients and other healthcare specialists. Without them, these tasks would be much more daunting to try and accomplish.

Benefits of Being a Rad Tech

  • Pay: Becoming a radiologic technician is a great way to kickstart your career in the healthcare industry. In addition to being a stable job, the radiologic technologist salary make good money. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of radiologic technicians is $61,900 in the United States. This is an occupation that can provide people with ample opportunities for success and growth.
  • In-Demand Field: Radiology and imaging is a growing healthcare field that will need many new techs in coming years as others retire or move on from the job. This field is expected to have 9% growth by 2030, with 20,800 expected openings each year, according to the BLS. This continuously growing industry is rich with opportunities for people looking to get into radiology and imaging.
  • Advancement: Career growth is another major upside of becoming a radiologic technician. This occupation allows you room to gain new abilities and knowledge. In addition, many technicians may choose to get additional certifications, allowing them to expand their career within healthcare to take on new responsibilities and roles.
  • Travel Opportunities: Along with opportunities for advancement, radiologic technicians have the opportunity to travel while doing a job that they love. Hospitals and other medical facilities across the country are always looking for rad techs to ensure radiological services are running smoothly. So if you are looking to travel to a new place for a short or extended time, traveling as a rad tech is a great way to do so.

Becoming A Radiologic Technician

Radiologic technician is a popular career path and many are choosing to begin their endeavor into the field, with good reason. This job is stable, essential, and may provide opportunities to travel while working. Furthermore, with positions always opening up, it is easy to find radiologic technician jobs once you are certified and ready to start your new career.

Certification requirements to become a radiologic technician depend on the state that you live in. While you don’t need a specific radiologic technologist degree, most programs require that you have an associate’s degree. While a bachelor’s degree in a related field is not required, it may benefit your experience.

Even if your state does not require a certification to become a radiologic technician, it is highly recommended to get one. Most employers prefer or require that you have one upon hiring.

Finding a Rad Tech Job

Once certified, finding the perfect fit is important when beginning your new position. While there is a wide variety of options to choose from, some may prefer certain work environments over others. Hospitals, treatment centers, outpatient aftercare facilities, and so many other healthcare settings have rad tech needs. Therefore, it is beneficial to have some guidance on which one will best fit you as a technician.

If you are trying to find a job that is the perfect fit for you as an individual, Supplemental Health Care can be your partner in this journey. With specialized experience in the intricate field of radiology and imaging, finding the perfect position for you as a technician is Supplemental Health Care’s goal, and our recruiting team will help support you every step of the way.

Rad techs are a major part and essential service within the healthcare and medical industry. Without radiological technology, patients may not receive the individualized care that they need. With ample job growth and new opportunities, this occupation is ideal for anyone looking to start a new career. Radiologic technicians are highly valued and appreciated within the healthcare community.

Travel, stable pay, and essential work are just a few of the perks that can come with this career choice. So, if you are ready to start fresh in a stable, reliable, and enjoyable job, consider a career as a radiological technician. To those already caring for others within radiology, SHC thanks you for all of the wonderful work you do for your patients. 

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