If you’re looking into a career in the medical field, you may want to get informed about radiology technicians; they’re out there doing a great job, earning good money, and getting into the action – and while all of us had to work with them at one point, they’re largely a group of professionals who aren’t quite understood because they often work behind the scenes. They’re unsung heroes.

If you’ve ever had a broken bone or needed some imagery to check your internal organs, then you might have gotten a glimpse of this profession. Are you exploring a career as a radiology tech? Is it for you?

What does a radiology technician do?

The radiology technician is responsible for taking X-rays – which are then diagnosed for problems or abnormalities. It may sound easy, but there’s a lot (really a lot) more to it than that. He or she works with patients on an on-hand basis and therefore should have some good people skills as well as a solid medical background.

Responsibilities and skills

The radiology technician should be kind, have compassion, be able to work on a flexible schedule, have attention to detail, and have great communication skills – and there are good reasons for this. The skills are required because of the following responsibilities:

  • Keeping patient records
  • Using, maintaining, and adjusting the equipment
  • Obeying legal and internal regulations
  • Maintaining professional relationships with patients and staff members

Educational profile

Radiology technicians could start as early as after completing a 2-year course, though it’s always recommended it is followed through with 2 more years to complete a 4-year course. The requirements for entering the course are a high school diploma and a high GED. Some schools, however, may have higher requirements and insist on prerequisite courses in science and mathematics, as well as a minimum GPA.

Clinical training

The student will have to complete some clinical training in a medical facility before being able to complete the whole training. This prepares the student for the job and ensures proper experience.

Certification

Once the educational training and the clinical work is finished, the student has to pass an examination in order to be certified. Certification requirements include the successful completion of all training and examination.

The salaries that radiology technicians receive vary from country to country and from area to area, and fluctuate as well depending on the experience and the specialties; but it’s worth noting that the salaries are quite high, so radiology technicians are able to have a very comfortable life. There are many advancement opportunities, and job satisfaction is very high as well. If you’re looking into having a career in the medical field, becoming a radiology technician might be something worth considering.

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