X-ray Technician Career Outlook

x-ray technician cartoonWorking in a medical field is very rewarding. Health has rapidly become everyone's concern these days that is why there is a great demand for professionals in the medical field like the registered nurses, medical transcriptionist, pharmacy technician, X-ray technician, among others.

And talking about x-ray technician, do you want to be one? Here's what it does...

The Job. If imaging technologies such as X-rays and MRIs fascinates you and you want operating cutting-edge medical technology,then being an X-ray technician is for you. X-ray technicians (also called radiologic technicians or radiographers) conducts imaging procedures as specified by the physician and prepare patients for radiologic procedures. As an X-ray technician, you must be well-versed with the correct positioning and placement of the X-ray equipment in terms of range and angles so that best pictures, which are very essential for diagnosis, can be obtained.

Workplace.It is in a radiology room where X-ray technicians work and they need to be physically strong to assist patients for the radiologic procedures, as some patients may be disabled and needs assistance for positioning. You may be dreaded by the thought that when you work as an X-ray tech you will be overexposed to radiation but it should be known that there is called the TDS employed to lessen or prevent radiation exposure. TDS means time, distance, and shielding; the last employs powerful lead shields that blocks penetration of the radiation. Generally, X-ray techs work 40 hour weeks, and may be on-call for emergencies.

Education and Training. Programs in this course or degree may last from 1 to 4 years. The former is good as accelerated certifications for RN's or for those medical professionals who opt to change careers. The most common is the 2-year program wherein an Associates Degree is earn, a tool for securing a position as an X-ray tech. A Bachelors Degree however may open opportunities to administrative or supervisory positions.

Salary.
In 2002, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle 50% of Radiographic Technicians was $32,000 to $46,500 . The median annual earnings were $40,000, and the top 10% made more than $55,400.

Job Outlook. The Bureau of Labor Statistics envisions that employment of X-ray Technicians will “grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.” It has also been reported that there is difficulty in filling employer's openings for Radiologic Technicians, which means that there is greater opportunities for this kind of job.

If you want to know more about being an X-ray tech, you can do some search on the net and see if it's the one for you and your future.

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chase / chubz said...

can i look fat in xray?
heheeh.

Zang Caesar said...

maybe yes, maybe no. haha

X-ray Rocks! said...

Technologist not technician

Technician 101 said...

Most people choose to complete the two year program at a technical school or community college. Completing the four year program and receiving your bachelors degree better prepares a person for an immediate job as an administrator, supervisor, or a specialists. This way to go is becoming more and more popular as it allows a person to earn more income. X-Ray Tech Salary

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