Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.
Radiologic and MRI technologists work in healthcare facilities, and more than half work in hospitals.
How to Become a Radiologic or MRI Technologist
An associate’s degree is the most common educational path for radiologic technologists. Most MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Technologists must be licensed or certified in some states; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $54,620 in May 2012. The median annual wage for MRI technologists was $65,360 in May 2012.
Employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them.