If you are thinking about a career in the healthcare industry and are interested in imaging technology, you should consider radiologic science.
This career uses modern technology to provide imaging of a patient’s internal organs, bones and tissues. The images collected are often the first way doctors can diagnose disease, study injuries or administer treatment.
Careers in radiologic technology are estimated to grow 21 percent by 2022 because of the aging population. Sixty-one percent of radiologic careers are found in hospitals, but openings are continuing to show up in physician’s offices, medical laboratories and outpatient care centers.
There are a variety of careers available in the radiologic field depending on how much schooling and certification you want to complete.
An entry-level position has an average salary of $44,500 while specialty careers like cardiovascular technologists average $76,000. A radiologic technologist is only required to have an associate’s degree and complete the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification exam. Although a bachelor’s degree in radiologic sciences, biology, or human anatomy is required if you’re interested in career advancement.
There are several management positions available in the field.
In order to become a radiology manager, you need at least a bachelor’s in healthcare management, but a master’s in health administration or in business will make you a more qualified department director. Their salary ranges from $65,000 to $85,000. A radiology instructor can also be a viable option because the field is estimated to grow 36 percent by 2022. This position requires a master’s in healthcare education, but a Ph.D. is beneficial depending on the institution.
As technology and the ability to enhance images advances, radiologic careers are becoming more complex and most institutions are offering specializations. You can choose sonography, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to specialize in.
To learn about more opportunities and careers available in the radiologic sciences check out this infographic by Adventist University of Health Sciences.