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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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University of Texas School of Health Professions5.0%
University of Central Arkansas5.0%
State University of New York Buffalo5.0%
University of Miami5.0%
Texas State University5.0%
University of Missouri - Saint Louis5.0%
US Army - Baylor University5.0%
Jackson Community College5.0%
Weber State University5.0%
Brookdale Community College5.0%
University of Florida5.0%
Burlington County College5.0%
University of North Carolina General Administration5.0%
University of Nebraska - Lincoln5.0%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Interventional Radiologist||Sanford Clinic||Aberdeen, SD||Nov 01, 2012||$550,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||GUAM XRAY||Jun 30, 2014||$521,750|
|Interventional Radiologist||GUAM Memorial Hospital Authority||Oct 20, 2014||$520,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||GUAM Memorial Hospital Authority||Nov 24, 2014||$520,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||GUAM Healthcare Development, Inc.||Oct 20, 2014||$520,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Cleveland Clinic||Cleveland, OH||Feb 01, 2010||$465,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Port Saint Lucie, FL||Sep 19, 2014||$454,212|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Okeechobee, FL||Sep 19, 2014||$454,212|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Lauderdale Lakes, FL||Sep 19, 2014||$454,121|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Aventura, FL||Sep 19, 2014||$454,121|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Plantation, FL||Sep 19, 2014||$454,121|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Loxahatchee Groves, FL||Sep 20, 2011||$450,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Florida United Radiology, L.C.||Port Saint Lucie, FL||Sep 20, 2011||$450,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Imaging Consultants for Findlay||Findlay, OH||Jun 10, 2013||$435,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Saturn Radiology PLLC||Buffalo, NY||Dec 29, 2013||$432,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||GUAM XRAY||Apr 03, 2016||$425,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Geisinger Clinic||Wilkes-Barre, PA||Jun 30, 2012||$400,000 -
|Interventional Radiologist||Ut Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists||Memphis, TN||Sep 01, 2015||$390,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Radiology Consultants of Iowa, PLC||Independence, IA||Feb 01, 2010||$375,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Radiology Consultants of Iowa, PLC||Cedar Rapids, IA||Feb 01, 2010||$375,000|
|Pediatric Interventional Radiologist||Children's Hospital Radiology Foundation, Inc.||Boston, MA||Jul 01, 2015||$372,300|
|Radiologist Cardiovascular Interventional||Department of Veterans Affairs||San Antonio, TX||Aug 19, 2010||$333,920|
|Radiologist Cardiovascular Interventional||Department of Veterans Affairs||San Antonio, TX||Jun 30, 2010||$333,920|
|Interventional Radiologist||Valley Radiologists and Associates||Harlingen, TX||Sep 06, 2014||$325,000|
|Interventional Radiologist||Lahey Clinic, Inc.||Burlington, MA||Jul 01, 2011||$325,000|
|Interventional Radiologist and Neuroradiologist||Louis Stokes Cleveland Va Medical Center||Cleveland, OH||Sep 24, 2013||$320,000|
|Neuro and Interventional Radiologist||Louis Stokes Cleveland Va Medical Center||Cleveland, OH||Sep 24, 2016||$320,000|
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