Friday, April 4, 2008

Education and Training Requirements for X-ray Technician job

Programs in Radiologic Technology may last from 1 to 4 years. Most 1 year programs are accelerated certifications for Registered Nurses or other medical professional who wish to change careers. The most common career path is to attend a 2-year program in order to earn an Associates Degree, awarded by either university or career-oriented college. An Associates Degree is sufficient for securing a position as an x-ray technician, while a Bachelors Degree in the field may open doors to administrative or supervisory work. Most programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiographic Technology, and licensing is required in 38 states at the present time.

Salary Range
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the middle 50% of Radiographic Technicians and x-ray technician was $32,000 to $46,500 in 2002. The median annual earnings were $40,000, and the top 10% made more than $55,400.

Job Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of x-ray technician will “grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.” They also note that employers have been reporting difficulty in filling their openings for Radiologic Technicians, which indicates that opportunities for securing a position in the field are highly favorable.

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