A high-paying and in-demand job in the healthcare field is attainable through a radiology technologist career. Also known as radiographers, radiology technologists perform x-rays and other diagnostic imaging examinations on patients.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median pay for radiology technologists is $63,710 per year, or $30.63 per hour. The employment of radiology technologists is projected to grow by nine percent within the next decade.
Radiology technologists typically are required to hold an associate’s degree. Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offers a Radiography Program, which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).
Some of the typical duties of a radiology technologist include adjusting and maintaining imaging equipment; following orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image; preparing patients for procedures; keeping detailed patient records and more. Those interested in becoming a radiology technologist should be detail-oriented, possess interpersonal skills, have physical stamina, possess skills in math, and have the ability to operate complex machinery.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a radiology technologist, contact the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail nearest you.