Rad Tech Salary, Education, Working Condition & Career

 To become a rad technician, one has to complete at least a 2-year associate degree from an accredited community college to be eligible to sit for the required professional exams and practice (according http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Radiology-Technician). Furthering one's education into a 4-year radiology program and even going further, greatly enhances one's chances of attracting more income for themselves and being entrusted with much higher positions and responsibilities as well. One is required to have a sound mastery of the human anatomy and physiology, some physics, radiology safety and dealing with patients without aggravating them in any way. There are clinical or practical sessions that one is required to take right after going through classroom courses to help them better their skills with dealing with the radiology equipments that they will encounter every day in their career.

Working Condition

 Unlike what most people outside the medical profession think, the working environment and conditions of a rad tech is very clean and exciting for all that would like to jump into the profession. A radiologic technologist operates very sophisticated state-of-the-art radiology equipment designed to take clear and accurate images of virtually any part of the body, and present them to physicians and other medical professionals for diagnostic purposes and further analysis of patient's health condition.

Salary and Benefits

 The environment is very clean, quiet and formal with many interactions with other medical professionals who rely on the radiological imaging to make their diagnosis or to ascertain certain kinds of medical conditions before they proceed further with their patient's treatment options. The salary for a X-radiation technician in the current job market, is in the upwards of $65,000 and is foretasted to increase (source: http://radiologytechniciansalarysource.com). There are bound to be some variations depending on one's locality or region of employment as well as their level of education and experience in the field. Whatever the variation, a medical radiation technologist should expect to have a secure job with a very steady and decent income.

Reasons to Become a Radiology Technician

 As the day goes by, similar situations continue to present themselves and just like the colors of the rainbow that can mix themselves into an infinite number of hues, so is the nature of experiences that come with this position, and it is very exciting indeed. Overall, this is a very exciting career that involves handling lots of technological equipment in a very clean and professional environment as well as dealing with other medical experts in a very fast-paced environment. It is true that the academic requirements or the college training to become a radiology technician can be quite a challenging or daunting task for many student; however, the benefits that come after competing the radiology program and landing oneself a job, are far much rewarding and over-compensates for the struggle. This is definitely a financially rewarding career with great job security and a really promising outlook not only in one country or locality, but all over the world. This is a really great time to become a radiology technician, and I really enjoy it.

Will demand for workers Increase or Decrease?

We’re getting into that stage now where the baby boomers are slowly starting to walk out, to retire so there are more jobs coming up in the next, I would say, in the next five years. But like any other profession we go through peaks and valleys. It goes up and down. It’s hard to say in the future what’s going to happen. Our hospital is expanding constantly so we might have more jobs available in the next five to ten years, just from expansion alone. So it’s really hard to say.

Where would I see us in the next five years?

I really don’t know! For example we have an MRI unit right now at the Health Sciences Center. One of the only ones in North America, let alone the world, that actually can move. It’s an MRI unit that can move between three separate rooms. It can be in an angiography suite, which is where we do the vessel imaging, it can be on its own just to do general imaging and it can also move into an OR suite. So it can also be used in the operating room. They’re just starting to use it now. So it’s innovative but by the time that we got it in there was already a new one down on the market. So everything is changing constantly.

What is necessary in the future?

Do I have experience in other occupations or volunteer positions? Well, I’ll admit! I worked in the retail sector for a while when I was a teenager. I worked in New York for five years when I was in high school. I have to admit working in retail definitely helps because you learn how to work with people, how to work with management, how to deal with customers which actually take it into working with patients. Because really they are a costumer. We don’t call them that but that’s really what they are. I also used to teach Ukrainian dance for many years, just dealing with different ages of people because we do have the children’s hospital as well. You have to learn how to deal with kids, different personalities, how to resolve conflict. When you’ve got two kids in your group that don’t want to dance together or talk to each other, well guess what? I’ve got two students over here that don’t want to talk to each other or work together either, so it’s helped me in that regard.

What changes have I seen? It’s dramatic! The changes that have happened the last five to ten years in radiology alone are huge. We’ve gone from processing film, which is taking that hard copy, putting it through the machine, going through all the different chemicals, through the drying station and coming out on the other side so that we can put it up on a view box to look at. We don’t do that anymore. It’s gone! We’re all digital. This is an example of one of the rooms we have at the Health Sciences Center. It’s a digital room, there’s no film. Nothing! Everything is within the system itself and within minutes after taking the – actually it’s not even minutes, it’s seconds! – after taking your exposure you’ve got an image coming up on the screen. So much faster! So much quicker to put patients through. But again, it’s a computer, there are many days I which I could go back to the old way of doing things because it didn’t breakdown as often as the computer does. But it definitely… we are moving forward. CT is constantly changing. We can’t keep up. MRI is the same. They’re always thinking of different ways, newer ways. Less dose to the patient, safer, it’s constantly, constantly changing.