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By Bonnie Walker, allied health world contributing writer

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How much money do radiology technologists make?

Radiologic technologists have the potential to make a very attractive annual salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for radiology technologists nationwide was $52, 210 as of their last report in 2008. The top ten-percent earned salaries higher than $74,970 a year. However, radiology technologist salaries can vary widely depending on a variety of factors, including location, local demand for radiological services, type of employer, experience level, and educational credentials. Based on the figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiology technologists that work for medical and diagnostic laboratories make more than their counterparts in other healthcare settings, with a median nationwide annual salary of $55,210.

The most common higher education radiologic technology degree held is a two-year associate’s degree.  Radiology technologists with more impressive educational credentials, including a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field will have a greater chance of advancing in their radiologic technologist salaryprofession and earning the higher salaries that come with job promotions.  Certification by the American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT) will also enable radiology technologists to enjoy a wider range of job opportunities with more attractive compensation packages.  Specialization in a branch of radiology technology that is in particularly high demand—such as mammography or bone densitometry—can also result in higher salaries and improved prospects for advancement.

A radiologic technologist with advanced skills and extensive experience may have the opportunity to be promoted to a management position, such as supervisory radiology technologist or department administrator.  Those interested in pursuing a management or administration position may need to earn a graduate degree in health management to qualify.

What is the job outlook for radiology technologists?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of radiologic technologist jobs to grow faster than average when compared to job growth for all careers.  The number of employed radiology technologists is projected to grow by approximately 17 percent in the ten-year period ending in 2018.  The field of radiology technology is constantly evolving, and new techniques are being introduced and implemented often.  As new and improved diagnostic imaging techniques come on line, the demand increases for well educated, experienced, and properly credentialed radiology technologists who can perform those techniques.  In addition, the demographically dominant Baby Boomer generation is aging, and as the American population ages, the need for diagnostic imaging, interventional radiological technology, radiation therapies, and radiological monitoring of disease progress and treatment will increase, creating demand for well qualified radiology technologists.  Moreover, as more women enter their fifties and sixties, the need for mammography, one of the most highly demanded diagnostic imaging tests, will also surge.

Prospects for employment will be especially bright for radiology technicians who are proficient in a range of basic diagnostic imaging procedures, including CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound, and mammography.  The trend toward cost-cutting in the healthcare industry will spur employers to seek radiology technologists who are skilled and credentialed in multiple imaging procedures. At the same time, specializing in high-demand areas of radiology technology that require unique skills and obtaining specialty certification from the American Registry of Radiological Technologists (ARRT) can improve job and salary prospects. Because demand for radiology technology is not uniform across the country, and certain areas have a particular need for qualified professionals in this field, radiology technologists who are willing to relocate will enjoy greater career opportunities.

Most radiologic technologists are employed by hospitals, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this to remain the case for the foreseeable future.  However, the proportion of job openings for radiology technologists in private medical practices and stand-alone diagnostic imaging facilities is expected to rise.

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