Radiologic Technology or radiography is the science of using radiation to provide images of the bones, organs, soft tissue, and vessels by utilizing ionizing electromagnetic radiation. Images recorded on x-ray film or displayed on a video monitor are called x-ray images and are used today to diagnose disease, injury, or congenital deformity. They perform diagnostic imaging procedures like X-ray examinations, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and computed tomography (CT) scans.
A licensed or non-licensed radiologic technologist can also specialize in ultrasonography as a diagnostic medical sonographer which is an in-demand career around the world with a projected 17% growth (much faster than the average for all occupations) in overall employment until 2026. Reasons for this increase is the growing population and the aging population both of which need imaging technology tools in making diagnoses.
The Radiologic Technology program in World Citi Colleges combines professional instruction and training to help you gain in-demand radiologic technology skills which employers seek and an ultrasonography certification to help graduates get ahead in their healthcare career.
Graduates of this major can work in various public and community health centers, hospitals, doctors’ offices, private and diagnostic clinics, and other healthcare settings which need radiology services.
What are the Advantages of Being a Radiologic Technologist?
- Work flexibility. Some people can’t stand the 9 to 5 work week and strict dress code. This allied health profession provides plenty of flexi time and a more relaxed work wear.
- No need to spend several years in school. While other healthcare professions require ton of education, a radiologic technologist can easily launch their medical career in a few years’ time.
- Work in various settings. As one of the in-demand healthcare professions, a radiologic technologist can work in various job settings from hospitals, private and community clinics, diagnostic labs, and outpatient care centers.
- Earning power. The annual average wage of radiologic technologists is Php172,386 in the Philippines. More so in the international scene wherein radiologic technologists can expect a median annual salary of $56,450.
- Job security locally and abroad. Even more good news, the job outlook for aspiring Radiologic Technologists is promising. According to the Department of Labor and Employment report, it is one of the in-demand jobs by 2020. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics the demand will grow 17% faster than the average growth for all occupations through 2026 as the large baby boomer population ages resulting for a need for diagnostic imaging tests around the world.
- Career advancement. A radiologic technology degree offers a progressive career track for advancement and specialization. You may work as a diagnostic medical sonographer, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, or a nuclear medicine technologist. If you don’t want to stay in radiography you may enter med school and have an option to specialize in radiology. You may also enter non-related fields like business, entrepreneurship, and more.
Career Path and Salary
Source: https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/radiologic-technologist/salary; https://www.radiology-schools.com/radiology-specializations.html; https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm#tab-6