How Much Does a Radiologist Earn?

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A radiologist will earn between $240,000 and $260,000 a year after completing four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and several years of residency. Consider a career as a radiologist, reading diagnostic images, with information from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello, my name is Dr. David Cathcart, and I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. Radiology is just one of the many specialties that a physician can choose. And just to be clear, a radiologist is a physician -- that's a doctor who specializes in reading x-rays and reading diagnostic imaging studies, such as MRIs and CAT scans. So in addition to first, you have to become a doctor, which takes four years of college and four years of medical school. And then at that point in time, you decide what specialty you're going on...into, and if you choose radiology, you're looking at an additional...most programs require four years for diagnostic radiology. By that, I mean, diagnostic radiology is the lowest level of radiologists that you can be where you actually would look at x-rays and look at films and look at CAT scans and those kinds of images to make a diagnosis or to help the other doctors make a diagnosis. For radiologists, this will make anywhere in the order of 240 to 260,000 dollars a year, but once again, like any other field of medicine, you can specialize and super-specialize into more and more areas where you will make more. Thanks for taking this time to explore medical careers with me. Again, I'm Dr. David Cathcart with Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.


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