Radiography Degrees

Requirements for Earning a Radiography Degree

The typical career path for those with a radiography degree is that of a radiologic technologist. This is not the same as a diagnostic medical sonographer, but they are both in the field of medical imaging. To enter either field, at least a yearlong training course is required, and an associate’s or bachelor’s degree may be preferred by employers. Coursework may focus on mathematics, computer skills, physics, communication, medical law and ethics, and methods of patient care. In addition to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS), bachelor’s degree programs are available as well for those interested in furthering their education.

Average Salary and Career Data

Trained radiographers are regularly referred to as radiologic technologists. Radiologic technologists can expect job growth through this decade to be faster than average, surpassing 28 percent overall, with median salaries for those with bachelor’s degrees nearing $55,000 annually (BLS.gov). Opportunities are available for those with only a certificate, but annual salaries may not be as high as for those with more advanced degrees.

Job Duties of a Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic technologists work hand-in-hand with radiologists to administer medical diagnostic imaging scenarios – namely x-rays, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations. These professionals are expected to adjust and maintain equipment, prepare patients and equipment for procedures, properly position patients for safe, effective examination, and operate computer equipment to process and analyze the images. Sonographers do similar work to that of radiographers, but using different machines, and the projected job growth and salary for sonographers is higher than that of radiographers, so if you’re looking into diagnostic imaging, both are worth exploring further.

Earn a Healthcare Service Degree Online

If you already have a job and don't have time for rigid class schedules, earning a degree online is the way to go. With the degree programs listed below, you can earn your health services degree by attending classes with flexible schedules. Although there aren't any specific sonography degrees online, a related health services degree is just what you need to jump start your career as an ultrasound tech.

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