A general analysis of the radiologic technologist profession was done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and shows a very healthy job market for this profession. The total number of Radiologic Technologist job positions open in 2010 were 219,900 and the growth of the employment market for this position was expected to be very healthy. A growth rate of 28% is expected to take place between 2010 and 2020 adding nearly 61,000 jobs to the entire available positions of Radiologic Technologists. The salary research was done as well showing that a Radiologic Technologists pay can expected to be around $54,230 a year as the median wage which comes out to around $26.13 an hour. For such a high salary it is typically only required that a Radiologic Technologist needs an Associates Degree which takes around 2 years to obtain. For the investment into an Associates Degree the technologist in this position can expect to get a good return on investment for their time and money into becoming certified and trained for this technical career.
A radiologic technologist is almost always employed by some type of hospital or clinic in their area. Since jobs are plentiful a technologist can generally work close to home and have short commute times to their place of work. The distribution of jobs is about 61% at hospitals that are at the state, local and private level, 21% at offices with physicians, 9% at medical and diagnostic labs and about 3% at outpatient care centers.
The only negative side of a radiologic technologist job is possibly the continuous surrounding environment of radiation exposure. While working a worker will always wear a badge that logs and monitors the amount of radiation they are exposed to during the work day. A log is produced that keeps track of all radiation exposure during the lifetime of the career as a radiologic technologist. In addition to close monitoring many devices are used to block the radiation like lead aprons, gloves & other accessories as well as safe rooms for the analysis and procedural tasks.
The daily jobs tasks of one of these radiologic technologists are things like keeping accurate patient records. The equipment that performs the X-rays must be constantly adjusted, cleaned and given maintenance to ensure accurate x-rays of patients and proper imaging for specific circumstances. Talking with patients and getting a full and accurate medical history, discussion of situations and circumstances that brought them in and explaining the entire x-ray process is a common activity. The x-ray tech is given direct requests from physicians and doctors of what parts of the body will be x-rayed for analysis. The x-ray equipment will need to be positioned and setup correctly for each patients body size and the specific parts of their body that will be x-rayed. The computers in the back room will start and operate the equipment and will started, stopped and maintained by the radiologic technician. After the images are obtained the technician will help radiologists analyze the images to make sure they have the correct amount of images of the part of the patient in question.
To get a very detailed breakdown of the wages of a Radiologic Technician we’ve provided a state by state salary breakdown. It’s important to know that working in one state can dramatically influence a technicians pay they take home. In addition to differences in pay of as much as $10,000 technicians are also not required in some states to have certain certifications or degrees which can make it easier to get a job as well as cheaper. We’ll also take all of the information below and show you the top 8 paying states for Radiologic Technicians.
Top 6 Pay States for Radiologic Technician Salaries
- Connecticut $67,000
- Georgia $67,000
- California $68,000
- Massachusetts $71,000
- Virginia $71,000
- Washington DC $71,000
- Mississippi $73,000
- New York $73,000
Listed below is information that is specific to Radiologic Technician job salaries that you can expect to receive in that state area. Our state by state breakdown allows you to see which state is best to get a job as a Radiologic Technician. The salary information provided below is off of real-world job listings for Radiologic Technician and the pay offered for those jobs. We source Indeed, Simply Hired, PayScale and GlassDoor.com. The information provided by Indeed about their process for collecting salary averages is as follows: “Indeed Salary Search is based on an index of salary information extracted from over 50 million job postings from thousands of unique sources over the last 12 months. Many job descriptions don’t contain salary information, but there are enough that do to produce statistically significant median salaries for millions of keyword, job title and location combinations – in fact, most job searches you are likely to think of. As new jobs are added each day, the Indeed Salary Search index is automatically updated with fresh salary data, so the salary results are as up-to-date as they could possibly be.”