Radiography

According to US News, the Radiologic Technologist is ranked #28 as the Best Health Care Job.  In the 100 Best Jobs, the Radiologic Technologist is ranked # 56.

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 21 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with 41,500 new positions that will need to be filled. http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/radiologic-technologist As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. Although health care providers are enthusiastic about the clinical benefits of new technologies, the extent to which they are adopted depends largely on cost and reimbursement considerations. As technology advances many imaging modalities are becoming less expensive and their adoption is becoming more widespread. For example, digital imaging technology can improve the quality of the images and the efficiency of the procedure, but it remains slightly more expensive than analog imaging, a procedure during which the image is put directly on film. Despite this, digital imaging is becoming more widespread in many imaging facilities because of the advantages it provides over analog.

Although hospitals will remain the principal employer of radiologic technologists, a number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. Health facilities such as these are expected to grow through 2016, because of the shift toward outpatient care, encouraged by third-party payers and made possible by technological advances that permit more procedures to be performed outside the hospital.

Job Prospects.
In addition to job growth, job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. Radiologic technologists are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR, and mammography — will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.

CT is becoming a frontline diagnosis tool. Instead of taking x rays to decide whether a CT is needed, as was the practice before, it is often the first choice for imaging because of its accuracy. MR also is increasing in frequency of use. Technologists with credentialing in either of these specialties will be very marketable to employers.

Earnings
Radiologic technologists earned a median salary of $54,340 in 2012, a slight dip from 2011, according to the BLS. The highest-paid earned $77,160, while the lowest-paid earned $37,060. The three highest-paying metropolitan areas for radiologic technologists are all in California: Napa, Oakland and Vallejo.
The median salary for a radiologic technologist is $54,620 per year as reported by US News.  The salary ranges from #44,490 per year to $66,550 depending on location and the specifics of the job.

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