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The primary role of a radiologic technologist (also called an x-ray technologist or radiographer) is using medical imaging equipment to produce images of tissues, organs, bones, and vessels and, with advanced training, assisting in the administration of radiation therapy treatments. Essential Functions:
Education and Experience:
Schools in Oklahoma:
(This is not a complete list of schools in Oklahoma with an associate’s degree program in radiologic technology.)
$22 per hour
Need more convincing? Here are 9 reasons to become a radiologic technologist:
1. Two years to become a radiologic technologist
Not all rad tech degrees are the same, but in its most efficient format, a radiologic technologist degree is accomplished in two years. When searching for a program, insist on one providing an Associate of Applied Sciences degree (A.A.S.) degree. That's proof to employers you're ready for the workplace.
2. You control your career
Become a radiologic technologist, and the field opens up to additional specializations: MRI technologist, computed tomography (CT), radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, mammography, and many more.
3. Contributing to safer, better health care
You'll be a member of the physician's team. The imaging work you do is vital to diagnosing disease or trauma by providing an inside view of the human body without invading it.
4. No two days are the same
The average work week is 40 hours, yet one of the top reasons to become a radiologic technologist is ... there are no "ordinary" days. In one typical shift, expect to do everything from prepping the equipment to comforting someone with the imaging process to assisting the team in evaluating the results.
5. Be at the center of innovation
Imaging technology is advancing fast, which puts radiologic technologists at the front and center of innovation. New procedures and methods include 3D ultrasonic holography, hyperspectral imaging, and Polarized Nuclear Imaging (PNI). PET scanning is proving helpful for early diagnosis of dementia, cancer and other conditions.
6. Wide variety of work settings
Become a radiologic technologist, and there's plenty of places that need imaging professionals. Although more than half of all rad techs work in hospitals, other options include physician offices, medical or diagnostic labs, outpatient centers, and federal or state agencies.
7. Portable career
A radiologic technologist degree program prepares you for certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Being ARRT certified announces your qualification for rad tech jobs anywhere in the US. Rather than being tied to a single company, your career as a rad tech is tied to your skills and can move with you across the country.
8. Attractive salary
The median salary is $58,440 per year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salary potential increases via time in the field and additional certifications.
9. Long-term career
Some careers look promising but fade as new findings overtake them. That's not true for when you become a radiologic technologist. The overall demand for Radiologic Technologists is expected to increase at least 12 percent from 2016 through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.