Medical Imaging Overview Career Outlook -
The field of Diagnostic Imaging has advanced significantly over the past two decades with its introduction of new equipment and imaging modalities. Skilled diagnostic imagers are in demand throughout the United States and the world, with career opportunities in hospitals, private practices, education, product development, technical sales, and research. Radiographers with experience and additional education may go on to perform advanced imaging procedures such as CT, MRI, Mammography, and more.
Advancements: Radiographers may be promoted to supervisor, chief technologist, or department administrator or director. Some radiographers advance by specializing in the occupation to become instructors or directors in radiologic technology educational programs. Others may be employed as sales representatives or instructors with equipment manufacturers.
Job Outlook: According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Radiologic Technologists held about 214,700 jobs in 2008. About 61% of all jobs were in hospitals. A number of new jobs are found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. Employment is projected to grow faster than average. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging modality such as CT, MRI, and Mammography will have the best employment opportunity. Employment is expected to increase by about 17% from 2008 to 2018.
Demand for radiographers tends to be regional with some areas having large demand, while other areas are saturated. Radiographers willing to relocate may have a better job prospect.