There are so many types of jobs within the medical and health care industry that many people don’t know where to start. Each job has it’s on benefits and environment, some jobs are best for individuals who are wanting to interact with patients where others are better for those who like to be in the background. Each role is important and ultimately makes a different in a patients care.
X-Ray Technicians, also known as Radiologic Technologists, take (as the name suggests) X- Ray images of various body parts. Once a technician has taken these images, a radiologist deciphers them in order to diagnose the patient’s medical condition. Technicians have to be diligent and take precautions to ensure patients’ safety (and of course their own) when working with radiation. Individuals interested in becoming an X-Ray technician generally needs an associate’s degree, as well as state licensure, in order to gain employment.
To becoming a certified X-ray technician you first need to complete a postsecondary program, X-ray technician programs are available at the certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree levels, at different universities, colleges and technical schools. However don’t be fooled by the size of the degree,
Once you have completed an X-ray technician program, you can then pursue certification through The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, which grants the Registered Technologist (RT) credential (this is not mandatory, but many employers prefer to hire those with this credential). Next you need to obtain licensure that is applicable for your state, there are approximately eleven states have no laws regarding licensure of X-ray technicians, so find out what is necessary for employment in your state.
Why become an X-ray technician? Well, it is a rewarding and stable job that is perfect for individuals of any age. In 2014 the median salary for technicians was $55,870 per year which isn’t too shabby. Furthermore, you can use advance your career in this field. For example,certified X-ray technicians with experience in their field may be able to obtain additional certification from The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists to become a radiologist assistant or to specialize in a specific type of diagnostic equipment e.g. CT scanner or MRI.
X-ray technicians are in demand and can work in a variety of settings including hospitals and in private radiology offices meaning that you can work in the type of environment that is best suited for you professionally. If you want a job that challenges you and equally rewards you, if you want a job with room for growth and advancement X-ray technician sounds like it could be the job for you.