When a doctor examines a patient, he or she can only see what's on the surface. To reveal what is going on inside an individual, a doctor may refer the patient to a facility that performs diagnostic imaging, for example x rays, CT scans, MRIs and mammography. There the patient will be examined by radiologic technologists who are trained to use diagnostic imaging equipment.
A radiologic technologist must attend a formal program consisting of classroom and clinical training. Upon completion he or she typically earns an associate degree, although there are programs that culminate in one earning a certificate or a bachelor's degree. Job growth in this field will be faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).
If you are considering this career learn more about it by reading Radiologic Technologist: Career Information. This article will give you basic details about this occupation, including information about earnings, educational requirements, job outlook and advancement opportunities. Since first hand accounts can provide you with the best information, try to interview someone who works in this field. If you don't know anyone, perhaps someone in your network does. Take the Should You Become a Radiologic Technologist and Technician? quiz to help you decide if this career is a good fit for you.