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:
Average Annual Salaries
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics
Job Growth Through 2029
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019
A couple things to keep in mind about career advancement:
And some notes about the job market: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 7% job growth for radiologic technologists and MRI techs through 2029, 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 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics; Radiologic Technologist; Nuclear Medicine Technologist; Radiologic Sciences Workplace Survey 2018; American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
The salary information and job growth data listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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