|Quick Facts: Radiologic and MRI Technologists|
|2014 Median Pay||
$57,370 per year
$27.58 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Associate's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||230,600|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||9% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||20,700|
Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.
Radiologic and MRI technologists work in healthcare facilities, and more than half work in hospitals.
An associate’s degree is the most common educational path for radiologic technologists. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Technologists must be licensed or certified in most states; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for radiologic and MRI technologists was $57,370 in May 2014.
Employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses.
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