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Working As A MRI Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A MRI Technologist Do

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. 

Duties

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Healthcare professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews.

Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

MRI technologists specialize in magnetic resonance imaging scanners. They inject patients with contrast dyes so that the images will show up on the scanner. The scanners use magnetic fields in combination with the contrast agent to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical problems.

Healthcare professionals who specialize in other diagnostic equipment include nuclear medicine technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists.

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How To Become A MRI Technologist

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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MRI Technologist Career Paths

MRI Technologist
Radiologic Technician CT Technologist
Lead CT Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Technician Administrator
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Clinical Instructor Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist CT Technologist
Lead MRI Technologist
8 Yearsyrs
CT Technologist Staff Technologist
Senior Staff Technologist
6 Yearsyrs
Application Specialist Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Application Specialist Senior Programmer Analyst Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Physician Assistant Medical Officer
Chief Medical Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Radiology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist
Radiology Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Technologist Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Director Of Radiology
10 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician Lead Radiologic Technologist Radiology Manager
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Radiation Safety Officer
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
CT Technologist 5.2 years
MRI Supervisor 5.0 years
MRI Technologist 5.0 years
PRN MRI Technician 2.1 years
Top Careers Before MRI Technologist
Internship 2.3%
Supervisor 1.5%
Top Careers After MRI Technologist
Manager 2.1%
Supervisor 1.4%
PRN 1.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$67,000
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$46,000
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$100,000
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Best Paying Company
INTEGRIS Health
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does an MRI Technologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a MRI Technologist in the United States is $67,995 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $46,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $100,000.

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Top Skills for A MRI Technologist

  1. Patient Care
  2. Exam Rooms
  3. MRI
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided quality patient care services by explaining procedures to patients to reduce anxiety and obtain patient cooperation.
  • Escorted patients to and from exam rooms and ensured patients were properly prepared for the exam to be performed.
  • Developed and enhanced MRI imaging protocols.
  • Established and maintained effective communication with coworkers, radiologists, company leadership and support staff at clinical sites.
  • Performed Radiography, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging in US Naval Hospitals.

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  2. Oregon
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Connecticut
  5. Arizona
  6. California
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Alaska
  9. New Mexico
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MRI Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

52.2%

Male

40.7%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

Hindi

5.3%

Russian

5.3%

French

4.6%

Chinese

3.9%

Mandarin

3.3%

Portuguese

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Gujarati

2.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Serbian

2.0%

Romanian

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Sanskrit

0.7%
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MRI Technologist Education

Schools

West Coast Ultrasound Institute

9.8%

Casa Loma College - Van Nuys

9.0%

Thomas Jefferson University

6.8%

Keiser University

6.2%

University of Pennsylvania

5.6%

Quinnipiac University

5.6%

Weber State University

5.1%

Midwestern State University

4.9%

Triton College

4.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

Emory University

4.5%

Community College of Rhode Island

4.3%

Ferris State University

4.1%

Forsyth Technical Community College

4.1%

Prince George's Community College

3.6%

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - San Mateo

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

University of Hartford

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Greenville Technical College

3.4%
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Majors

Medical Technician

54.8%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

13.4%

Military Technology

5.9%

Business

5.6%

Health Sciences And Services

3.3%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Clinical Psychology

2.7%

Education

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Military Applied Sciences

1.3%

Biology

1.1%

Nursing

0.9%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Medicine

0.8%

Medical Assisting Services

0.8%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

0.8%

General Studies

0.6%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

0.6%

Public Health

0.6%

Medical Clinical Sciences

0.6%
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Degrees

Associate

33.2%

Bachelors

23.1%

Other

19.6%

Certificate

15.1%

Masters

5.7%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.4%
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