For anyone who decides to follow a career path in Radiology will prove instrumental to doctors and hospitals every day in their career, as does anyone within the medical fields. Radiology/ x-ray Technicians produce x-ray photographs which show results of injuries and illnesses. Whether a person has simply fallen, one of these x-rays will show if there are any fractures or broken bones. And if a person is suffering from an illness such as cancer, an x-ray, for example, a Mammogram or a MRI, can show any progression in the disease. In order to become a Radiology Technician, there are a number of ways in which you can go about it, with regard to training and education, from a Certificate, Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree. It depends on the amount of time you are willing or able to give.
As with any job, there are both positive and negative points.
- If you want a career where you help people, this is a perfect role for you
- There are plenty of opportunities to develop and progress in your career
- Such a career opens more doors
- It’s a profession that’s currently in high demand with lots of positions available
- It’s not a long course
- The work load tends to be very hectic
- If a radiologist wishes to progress in their career, there’ll be an increased time spent studying
- Much of the work is shift based work, so there’s not much opportunity to be flexible
- A Radiologist will often be faced with x-rays of a patient whose illness is to advanced and incurable, which can be distressing for anyone working in the medical field
The different programs available in the field
Radiology Technician Certificate Program
You will gain knowledge and experience of
Taking care of patients
Safety procedures while handling radiology equipment
Making use of radiology and scanning equipment
Health care ethics
Associate’s Degree in Radiology Technology
Here, you will learn about different radiological procedures available and learn how to use them effectively and safely
Here, you will learn everything to do with the professional aspects of the role, such as, business and financial skills, leadership skills and management skills, among other things.
How long does it take?
When you know exactly what role within the field you wish to pursue, there are different amounts of time dedicated to each of the programs. This can also depend upon already gained experience. For example, the Certificate for those moving from one path to another can take just a year. The Associate’s Degree takes two years to complete. For those opting to complete the Bachelor’s Degree, it’ll take four years.
How to find work
- Local newspapers
- Hospital Websites
- Word of mouth- by doing volunteer work etc beforehand
- Medical/ Dental clinics