About the Profession
Radiologic imaging sciences, also known as radiologic technology or medical radiography, is the allied health profession responsible for diagnostic and interventional medical radiographic imaging. Imaging sciences personnel, under the supervision of physicians, provide medical imaging services to patients and attending health care professionals.
- Imaging sciences is one of the fastest growing professions in the country. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent.
- The need for advanced medical imaging technologists is expected to increase significantly due to increases in the population, aging of the population and changes in treatment, technology and prevalence of disease states or conditions requiring advanced diagnostic and interventional radiography.
- According to American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), salaries will also increase for those who possess an advanced educational degree, along with the knowledge and skills for advanced practice. A bachelor’s degree in imaging science serves as a value for all of the career paths and upward mobility potential that would otherwise limit a technologist with an associate’s degree alone.
- According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics in 2012 and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 2010, the median salary for:
- CT technologists was $64,000
- MRI technologists was $65,000
- Interventional (CI, VI) was $64,000
Photo caption: Imaging sciences professional.