Rad Tech Salary, Education, Working Condition & Career

 To become a rad technician, one has to complete at least a 2-year associate degree from an accredited community college to be eligible to sit for the required professional exams and practice (according http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Radiology-Technician). Furthering one's education into a 4-year radiology program and even going further, greatly enhances one's chances of attracting more income for themselves and being entrusted with much higher positions and responsibilities as well. One is required to have a sound mastery of the human anatomy and physiology, some physics, radiology safety and dealing with patients without aggravating them in any way. There are clinical or practical sessions that one is required to take right after going through classroom courses to help them better their skills with dealing with the radiology equipments that they will encounter every day in their career.

Working Condition

 Unlike what most people outside the medical profession think, the working environment and conditions of a rad tech is very clean and exciting for all that would like to jump into the profession. A radiologic technologist operates very sophisticated state-of-the-art radiology equipment designed to take clear and accurate images of virtually any part of the body, and present them to physicians and other medical professionals for diagnostic purposes and further analysis of patient's health condition.

Salary and Benefits

 The environment is very clean, quiet and formal with many interactions with other medical professionals who rely on the radiological imaging to make their diagnosis or to ascertain certain kinds of medical conditions before they proceed further with their patient's treatment options. The salary for a X-radiation technician in the current job market, is in the upwards of $65,000 and is foretasted to increase (source: http://radiologytechniciansalarysource.com). There are bound to be some variations depending on one's locality or region of employment as well as their level of education and experience in the field. Whatever the variation, a medical radiation technologist should expect to have a secure job with a very steady and decent income.

Reasons to Become a Radiology Technician

 As the day goes by, similar situations continue to present themselves and just like the colors of the rainbow that can mix themselves into an infinite number of hues, so is the nature of experiences that come with this position, and it is very exciting indeed. Overall, this is a very exciting career that involves handling lots of technological equipment in a very clean and professional environment as well as dealing with other medical experts in a very fast-paced environment. It is true that the academic requirements or the college training to become a radiology technician can be quite a challenging or daunting task for many student; however, the benefits that come after competing the radiology program and landing oneself a job, are far much rewarding and over-compensates for the struggle. This is definitely a financially rewarding career with great job security and a really promising outlook not only in one country or locality, but all over the world. This is a really great time to become a radiology technician, and I really enjoy it.

Finding a Job

How do you apply for a job and how does it all work? Well, through the ARRT their listings are in their website. Preference is given, usually though, to internal applicants. Depending on what job is being posted, sometimes people within the site might be applying for that same job, so if there is an internal applicant typically, they will look at them first but that doesn’t mean that job necessarily will be given to them, they will definitely be looking at them first though, because of union seniority, etc. Clinic center usually post everything online or in the newspaper and again it’s just a call for an interview from the employer. And RSNA also post their jobs online, but they also have internal applicants as well, because a lot of them are unionized.


Pension plans, they are available through the hospitals if you’re working to WRHA or RSNA and clinics is depending on the employer. Salary scales: most of the members of the hospital are unionized so we all have a contract that we go by when it comes to wages. But a new graduate usually starts at around 25 dollars an hour and, depending on where you go, on advancement you could increase to close to 40. Clinics? It’s depending on where you’re working, who your employer is, but for the most part they tend to be very comparable to the hospital because they need the staff as well. They know that if they don’t pay comparable that you’re going to go somewhere else.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

In hospital, It’s shift work! It’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They don’t close. Clinic is a Monday to Friday job because, it’s the pushy one. Some people like the clinic because of the pace and because of the hours. Someone like myself, I like the hospital because of the pace. Not really, because of the hours, when I used to work nights, it wasn’t always the greatest thing but I like it because of the pace.  Anything that is closed toe. You don’t want to be wearing any open toe shoes at the hospital because someone will drive over your foot with a wheelchair, drive over your foot with a stretcher, a patient could fall on you, whatever.

Be physically fit and use good body mechanics. The number one thing is that body mechanics are key in this job. That we’re using our legs and backs properly so that we’re not hurting ourselves. There’s a lot of patient transferring, we have to move patients from the stretcher to our X-ray table, we have to assist patients from sitting into a standing position out of a wheelchair, we have to assist them from the wheelchair to sit on the table and lie down. There is a lot of physical involvement with the job. As well, when we go to move the equipment, a lot of the equipment that we move is above our head so we have to be able to work in that extension of our arms as well.