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Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.Education
An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.
High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.
To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.
Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.Important Qualities
Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.
Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.
Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.
Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.
Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.
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Hispanic or Latino11.1%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix14.0%
George Washington University9.6%
Community College of the Air Force7.0%
Colorado Technical University6.4%
University of Maryland - University College5.1%
More Tech Institute4.5%
University of Southern California3.8%
University of North Dakota3.2%
Ferris State University3.2%
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis3.2%
University of Maryland - College Park3.2%
Santa Fe Community College3.2%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale3.2%
Thomas Edison State University3.2%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute3.2%
Arkansas State University2.5%
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|Managing Director, Chief of Technology, Projects &||Deepwater Wind, LLC||Hoboken, NJ||Sep 21, 2010||$300,000|
|Managing Director, Chief of Technology, Projects &||Deepwater Wind, LLC||Hoboken, NJ||Sep 14, 2010||$300,000|
|Chief Technologist||Red DBA Red Digital Cinema Company||Lake Forest, CA||Dec 06, 2010||$200,000|
|Chief Technologist, Healthcare R&D||Nuance Communications, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Aug 12, 2010||$187,600|
|Chief Technologist, Healthcare R&D||Nuance Communications, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Oct 19, 2009||$187,600|
|Chief Technologist, Healthcare R&D||Nuance Communications, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Aug 09, 2010||$187,600|
|Chief Technology||Kovarus, Inc.||Trophy Club, TX||Jun 30, 2013||$160,000|
|Chief Technologist||Transform Holdings, Inc.||Boise, ID||Nov 30, 2010||$159,800|
|Chief Advisor-Global Technical Services||Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2010||$150,000|
|Chief Technologist, Research and Development||Delta Galil USA, Inc.||Beaverton, OR||Jul 01, 2014||$150,000 -
|Chief of Technology and Operations||Geocorr LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 16, 2015||$147,784|
|Chief Technologist||Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Aug 23, 2016||$140,000|
|Chief Technologist||Cyphort Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jul 18, 2013||$140,000 -
|Senior Director/Chief Technologist||Ventech Solutions, Inc.||Columbus, OH||Aug 08, 2016||$131,511|
|Chief Technologist||Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 10, 2015||$130,000|
|Chief Technology Officier||Nuage Group, LLC||Boynton Beach, FL||Jan 16, 2014||$120,000|
|Chief Technologist||Legacy Parts Corporation||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 11, 2014||$115,000 -
|Chief Technology Oficer||Weendy, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 17, 2013||$114,785|
|Chief Technology Oficer||Milkybay LLC||San Francisco, CA||Sep 17, 2013||$114,785|
|Chief Blockchain Technologist||Ribbit Me USA Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2016||$110,000 -
|Chief Technologist||Atreca, Inc.||San Carlos, CA||Sep 20, 2013||$110,000 -
|Assistant Chief Tech NUC Card/X||New York University School of Medicine||New York, NY||Dec 17, 2011||$83,951|
|Chief Crew Technical Engineer||Troy Lee Designs||Corona, CA||Nov 08, 2010||$80,850|
|Chief Technical Office||Omnimarkets LLC||New York, NY||Oct 05, 2014||$80,000|
|Chief Technologist In Nuclear Medicine||Universal Imaging, Inc.||Ypsilanti, MI||Nov 24, 2009||$78,513|
|Chief Technologist In Nuclear Medicine||Universal Imaging, Inc.||MI||Nov 24, 2009||$78,513|
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