Radiologic Technologist

Getting hired as a radiologic technologist is an important rite of passage for those interested in a unique career in medicine. Impressing a prospective employer depends on preparation and knowledge of the industry and the job responsibilities of the job itself. When your interviewer asks you why you chose radiology over any other medical field, you should have an answer ready. When your interviewer asks you what you would do in a certain critical situation, you should be ready to respond with a concise, accurate response. When your possible boss says, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” she is going to want a thoughtful and intelligent reply. No matter where you are in your education and training to become a radiologic technologist, it is never too early to consider how to answer these questions.

Why do you want to work in radiology? Many people, if answering honestly, would mention salary almost immediately. Who does not go into a new job with the prospect of a paycheck foremost in their mind? Interviewees can rest easy, though, as the average pay for radiologic technologists is more than $50,000 per year according to the latest projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of course entry-level technologists must settle for less, but the more experience you gain, the higher the chances you can earn more than the average. Over the course of a career, that can be a healthy amount of money. Perhaps this is not the way to answer the question, however. A successful interviewee might focus on the patient care that is the essential function of radiographic technologists. They play a vital part in patient care and recovery by helping diagnose injury and illness with x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging. Someone with an aptitude for technology may also emphasize the stimulation of working with the latest medical machines. Ever since the first x-rays were discovered in the late 19th century, medical professionals have been improving the science of radiology; expressing enthusiasm for this spirit of discovery may go a long way to getting hired.

What would you do with a patient who couldn’t sit still for an x-ray? Someone considering a career as a radiographic technologist might be given pause by this question. How do you answer this question without any experience with patients or the technology itself? The solution, of course, is education. Radiographic technologists must gain either a degree or a certificate in their craft. Most radiographic technologists pursue an associate’s degree, a one- to two-year program. Some get a bachelor’s degree with a major in the field. Most degree programs allow students to get experience with the technology to practice their craft in real-world situations. Many programs encourage or require their candidates to intern in hospitals and/or medical offices. In addition to acquiring a degree, most states require medical professionals to go through a licensing procedure that involves professional experience and testing. Many of the test questions involve specific case scenarios. In the process of preparing for such a test, candidates will probably come across an answer to an interview question before it is posed.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Career opportunities for radiologic technologists are strong and getting stronger. There are also opportunities for career maturation and advancement. There is the option of continuing education to become a radiologist. There are also many specialty certifications available to radiologic technologists, from mammography to computerized tomography, also known as a CT. Some people eventually transfer their skills into administration, supervising other technicians or running a unit. These options require more education and training, but, over the course of the career, can pay off exponentially.

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Last Updated: 05/22/2014