Since the 1990s, a steady rise in the use of diagnostic medical imaging has kept radiologic technologists in high demand. It’s a field that includes numerous sub-specialties, including nuclear medicine technology.
The Key Differences
Here’s a quick breakdown of what the radiologic technologist profession is all about and where it overlaps and differs from nuclear medicine technology:
Job Growth Through 2031
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021
A couple things to keep in mind about career advancement:
And some notes about the job market: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6 percent job growth for radiologic technologists and MRI techs through 2031, as an older population will need more imaging to treat medical conditions like bone fractures caused by osteoporosis.
Workplace surveys by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, however, have shown a tightening of the job market for the past several years. Factors have included the uncertainties about health care reform and declining exam reimbursement rates from insurance companies.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Radiologic Sciences Workplace Survey; American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
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