|Quick Facts: Radiologic and MRI Technologists|
$61,980 per year
$29.80 per hour
|See How to Become One|
|6% (As fast as average)|
What Radiologic and MRI Technologists Do
Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations 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. Most radiologic and MRI technologists work full time.
How to Become a Radiologic or MRI Technologist
Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. MRI technologists also typically need several years of related work experience. Most states require radiologic technologists to be licensed or certified, but few states require licensure for MRI technologists. Regardless of state requirements, employers typically require or prefer to hire technologists who are certified.
The median annual wage for magnetic resonance imaging technologists was $77,360 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for radiologic technologists and technicians was $61,370 in May 2021.
Overall employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 16,600 openings for radiologic and MRI technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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