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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 Latino12.3%
Black or African American1.2%
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Weber State University11.7%
University of South Florida7.8%
University of Phoenix7.8%
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill7.8%
Argosy University-Twin Cities5.2%
University of Pennsylvania5.2%
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences3.9%
University of Central Florida3.9%
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities3.9%
University of Rochester3.9%
Saint Louis University-3.9%
Delgado Community College3.9%
Tufts University School of Medicine3.9%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas3.9%
University of North Carolina at Wilmington3.9%
American InterContinental University3.9%
New York Medical College3.9%
Pima Community College2.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Radiologist||Great Lakes Medical Imaging||Williamsville, NY||Aug 19, 2015||$625,000|
|Radiologist||Great Lakes Medical Imaging, LLC||Buffalo, NY||Jan 14, 2016||$625,000|
|Radiologist||Great Lakes Medical Imaging, LLC||Hamburg, NY||Oct 03, 2016||$625,000|
|Radiologist||Great Lakes Medical Imaging, LLC||Rochester, NY||Aug 19, 2015||$625,000|
|Radiologist||Great Lakes Medical Imaging, LLC||Cheektowaga, NY||Aug 19, 2015||$625,000|
|Radiologist||Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, PC||Saginaw, MI||Jan 07, 2016||$539,000|
|Radiologist||Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, PC||Grand Blanc, MI||Jan 07, 2016||$539,000|
|Staff Radiologist||William Beaumont Hospital||Royal Oak, MI||Jan 27, 2016||$440,000|
|Attending Radiologist||The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital||Cooperstown, NY||Jan 07, 2016||$430,000|
|Radiologist-Moonlighting||Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization, Inc.||Plainville, MA||Jan 07, 2016||$417,400|
|Radiologist-Moonlighting||Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization, Inc.||Plainville, MA||May 30, 2015||$417,400 -
|Radiologist||Bridgeport Radiological Associates, LLC||Fairfield, CT||Aug 28, 2016||$325,000|
|Attending Radiologist||St. Barnabas Hospital||New York, NY||Jan 12, 2016||$325,000|
|Radiologist||Bridgeport Radiological Associates, LLC||Orange, CT||Aug 28, 2016||$325,000|
|Radiologist||Bridgeport Radiological Associates, LLC||Bridgeport, CT||Aug 28, 2016||$325,000|
|Staff Radiologist||Radiology Physician Solutions of Florida||Atlantis, FL||Nov 29, 2016||$325,000|
|Radiologist||Associated Radiologists of Flint, P.C.||Flint, MI||Jun 30, 2016||$315,000|
|Radiologist||X-Ray Associates, Inc.||Johnston, RI||Jan 09, 2016||$310,000|
|Radiologist||X-Ray Associates, Inc.||Smithfield, RI||Jan 09, 2016||$310,000|
|Radiologist||Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, PC||Saginaw, MI||Sep 20, 2015||$290,000|
|Attending Radiologist||Maimonides Medical Center||New York, NY||Aug 23, 2015||$275,000|
|Radiologist||Radiology Associates of Albuquerque, Pa||Clovis, NM||Sep 01, 2015||$275,000|
|Radiologist||New York University School of Medicine||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2016||$275,000|
|Radiologist||New York University School of Medicine||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$275,000|
|Radiologist||New York University School of Medicine||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$275,000|
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