What is the job outlook like for Radiologic (X-Ray) Technologists?
You’re a problem solver with an eye for detail. Those qualities will help you succeed as a radiologic technologist. You’ll have to work hard, but the growing need for people with an education in medical radiography can work in your favor. In fact, employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 9% nationally between 2018 and 20283. And there are some reasons for this growth, including:
As the population ages, there will be an increase in medical conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Those require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses.
Advances in technology could also help increase demand. As equipment used becomes more accessible, new employment opportunities could arise.
Where can you work as a Radiologic (X-Ray) Technologist?
A radiologic technologist working in a physicians’ office would position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance. They’ll also position patients on the exam table and adjust the equipment to view the area requested by the physician.
Medical Imaging Centers
You’ll determine patients’ x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians. You’ll also process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods and operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
Comprehensive Medical Centers
It will be your responsibility to use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patients and staff. You might also operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room or at patient’s bedside.
Exposing Your Future in Health Care.
In Carrington College’s Medical Radiography program, you’ll receive a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training. When you graduate, you should be prepared to put your knowledge, critical thinking, and specialized skills to use. Our program is built to give you the information and experience you need to be able to:
Position patients properly to acquire useful images
Ensure proper exposure for optimum film resolution
Administer appropriate drugs and prepare chemical mixtures to assist in the imaging process
How Does Carrington College Support Me As A Student?
We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed, including:
From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid4.
Tutoring and Study Groups
For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.
Fixed Tuition Promise
How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you5.
Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork
Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.
4. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
5. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
Spokane: The mission of the Medical Radiography program at Carrington College is to prepare graduates to become Registered Radiographic Technologists with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume entry-level positions in the medical field.