How to Become a Radiology Technician

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A radiology technician plays an important role in diagnosing patients.The responsibilities of this job include taking x-rays, handling the machinery that provides the images used for testing, and maintaining patients' records. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the radiologist technician field is experiencing a boom that is expected to last for several years. You can get training and start working in this field in as little as two years.

  • Choose a specialty. This will help you decide which path to take in pursuing a career as a radiology technician. Some areas that you might want to consider are ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography.

  • Start researching radiology technician schools. You can enroll in a two year or four year program. Make sure the program you choose is accredited by the Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. The best programs are the ones that offer hands on training with the latest medical technology. You'll need to learn about 3D medical imaging, sonograms, x-rays, MRIs, and CT scanners. Opportunities for training are available at colleges, technical vocational schools, hospitals, and the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Decide the level of education you will need. You can get a job as a radiology technician once you get an associate's degree. Many people start out this way. If you already have some related hands on experience, such as working as a nurse, you may only need to complete a one year program, and earn a certificate. You'll have to get a bachelor's degree if you want to work as a supervisor, or professor.

  • Get the required licensing. This is a requirement in most states. The licensing process includes continuing your education so that you can update your certification. In order to do this, you will have to pass an exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

  • Look for work. Radiology technician jobs can be found in hospitals, physician's offices, labs, nursing homes, and clinics. Contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and inquire about career opportunities.

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