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Michelle (Miss Sandy) in Prentiss, Mississippi

64 months ago

These couple of posts coming up will be long...if you aren't interested, please just pass them over....however, I have been out of school for almost two years now and have never found full time. I have been working different prn jobs and I have started to write letters to the various people who I think should take responsibility for what is going on in our profession. I've written the ASRT, they never respond. I've written twice to a committe in my home state that is supposed to be the committee that looks at what programs the community colleges teach. They will not respond. I've written for the second time to the JRCERT, this is the organization that certifies the programs that are willing to voluntarily apply for certification. I wrote a lengthy letter on how hard it was to find a job and how I could not pay back my student loans right now and how someone should be responsible for the schools turning out way too many techs. I thought I would post that reply from the brave, professional person who finally responded to my letter and then post my response back to her/him. (The person's name is Leslie and I am unsure of the sex, probably female, but there are some men named Leslie.) Anyway, here goes:

Michelle,

Unlike any other health care profession, programmatic accreditation in our field is voluntary. Students can apply for the certification test and not graduate from a JRCERT accredited program. Therefore, newly developed programs in most instances do not have to apply for accreditation. We can only monitor those programs that are accredited by the JRCERT. We require our programs to assure that they have sufficient resources to support the currently enrolled students. Furthermore, the JRCERT requires programs to monitor job placement rate. Programs that do not meet JRCERT policy for job placement rate must submit a plan that describes how they intend to meet this policy. Many programs will reduce enrollment. If they continually not meet job placement

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Jennifer in Lyons, Georgia

45 months ago

I graduated in May and was lucky enough to land a job 2 weeks after pinning. Our class graduated 12. One of y classmates is full time, two are still working in their student tech positions, and four of us found PRN jobs. I know that I'm extremely lucky to have found employment but I still worry all the time over hours. Some weeks are good and I get nearly forty, but I usually only get 12-24 hours with a few weeks here and there with no hours. I love my job, and I'm soooooooo grateful for it, but I still worry all the time. I'm also back in school for CT, and doing my clinical hours at work. Hopefully I will be registered in that within the year, and then I plan to start cross training in mammo. I volunteer or every shift available, I do my best to make myself valuable, and I just keep praying that everything will keep working out. I know that if I lose this job there is nowhere else to go.

Looking back on X-ray school, the techs at all my clinical sites were constantly telling us there were no jobs out there. When I mentioned my worries to my teacher, she always said the same thing: the jobs are out there, and the techs just like to be discouraging because they don't have the best work ethics and they don't want the competition. Now, as a tech myself, I totally see it. The programs need to be shut down for several years, and my teacher KNOWS this, and only wants to keep her own job. I feel sorry for the students rotating through my site. It's really all just a matter of luck at this point. I'm a hard worker, but so are my classmates who are still out there pounding the pavement. It's not right to continue to do this to people.

Oh, and I live in South Georgia and I make 18/hr, with shift diff for nights and weekends. When I get registered in CT, I will get another dollar per hour. If I do manage to get on full time, my pay will scale back to 16.50. Oh, and at my hospital full time is considered 36 hours per week.

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Sarah in Cleveland, Ohio

44 months ago

I have went to school in MI, passed my boards, became licensed and registered. I searched for more than a year for a rad tech job. Hospitals usually hire their own students. My graduating class was around 30. Most of them got jobs within a year after graduating. I on the other hand, did not. I decided to move to OH,So i became registered here, thought i would have a better chance of finding a rad tech job .. I have applied online, drove out to clinics and spoke to the managers in person... Still....NOTHING! I even tried calling hospitals to maybe even volunteer... You know..work for free. Still, NOTHING!! Here i am, graduated almost 3 years ago from a tough, and expensive 2 year radiographer program, not to mention the year and half just waiting on the list to get into the program... still, nothing. Getting a radiology job now seems like hitting the lottery.
I def regret going to school to be a radiology technologist.

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Anonymous in Waterville, Maine

33 months ago

I agree with the people saying that the schools are selling the program, knowing full well they are turning out more grads than there will ever be openings for.

Your hard work in school will be less valuable than having the right connections.

I went through a Rad Tech program, and got lucky enough to work for 3 years as a per-diem.

Strangest field I've ever seen. People treated me horribly, people I never met...totally disrespectful. All I can say is that somebody with connections probably bad mouthed me, so that by the time I got to clinicals, people I never met already hated me.

Yet, I was able to get in as a per-diem, but a lot of people still acted jerky with me.

After three years of putting up with it, I got done.

I don't recommend Rad Tech school at all. And you know, I've worked with a better class of people everywhere else. The hospitals are full of egotistical, hard core butt heads.

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Scuba in Saint Paul, Minnesota

31 months ago

Trust me, I've been applying at a place that just hired 5 of my younger classmates right out of school. The clinic just offered retirement to the senior techs so they had a lot of positions suddenly open. Mysteriously, I can't even land an interview with the same place even though my overall work history is much more robust (I am an older student nearing 40 years of age). I know this because I saw one of my classmate's resume's. Trust me, it was not very impressive. I've sure they are being paid the absolute minimum, but I never thought I would see the day where have too much work experience stood in the way of prospective employment. Seriously, take a good, long look at this before you enter a program.

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Jen in Garner, North Carolina

31 months ago

It's very sad what has happened to the jobs in Radiology. When I graduated 10 years ago, before I even graduated, I was head hunted by a major hospital that was desperate for techs. Within 2 years the market was flooded and hasn't gotten any better. Part of the problem is there are too many school pushing out too many students and it flooded the market. The other problem is hospitals claim they aren't making as much money and number of patients are down and don't hire as many techs. We are expected to xray twice as many patients as before with less help these days.
It's really sad, I love my job, I'd never want any other job in the hospital, but I definitely can't recommend going into the field right now, unless you are willing to move anywhere to find a job.

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Ani in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

31 months ago

Anyone know any college in new jersey for RT. And how long is the course?

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Ani in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

31 months ago

Jen in Garner, North Carolina said: It's very sad what has happened to the jobs in Radiology. When I graduated 10 years ago, before I even graduated, I was head hunted by a major hospital that was desperate for techs. Within 2 years the market was flooded and hasn't gotten any better. Part of the problem is there are too many school pushing out too many students and it flooded the market. The other problem is hospitals claim they aren't making as much money and number of patients are down and don't hire as many techs. We are expected to xray twice as many patients as before with less help these days.
It's really sad, I love my job, I'd never want any other job in the hospital, but I definitely can't recommend going into the field right now, unless you are willing to move anywhere to find a job.

How long is the course for radiology?
Thanks

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Dina in Alexandria, Minnesota

31 months ago

Scuba in Saint Paul, Minnesota said: Trust me, I've been applying at a place that just hired 5 of my younger classmates right out of school. The clinic just offered retirement to the senior techs so they had a lot of positions suddenly open. Mysteriously, I can't even land an interview with the same place even though my overall work history is much more robust (I am an older student nearing 40 years of age). I know this because I saw one of my classmate's resume's. Trust me, it was not very impressive. I've sure they are being paid the absolute minimum, but I never thought I would see the day where have too much work experience stood in the way of prospective employment. Seriously, take a good, long look at this before you enter a program.

I'm very interested in getting in the program for RadTech, this will be my second time going to college and I want to make the right career choice. By reading these negative comments about finding a job, mow I'm not sure what to do. Have you found anything yet?

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MarcKevin in portland, Oregon

26 months ago

I need some advice and please be friendly with it. I graduated and became a certified MRI tech by ARMRIT back in December 2013. I moved up north to Oregon from California. I'm currently unemployed and haven't had a job since my extern. I'm starting to think I can't continue this course of career as I've been out of the loop for so long. All due to personal issues I've had to go through. Is there anyone that's going through or been through what I had too? Any advice on getting back on my feet or work my way back as if I was fresh out of school (knowledge wise)

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SaveMeFromRadiology in Overland Park, Kansas

26 months ago

MarcKevin - Your in a tough position and I feel for you. At some point, most of us have been UE and it isn't easy to get back into the work force especially post great recession. You also have limited credentials. No one where I live will hire an ARMRIT MRI Tech. That's just the reality. If you aren't ARRT w/ MRI certification ARRT R MR, you don't stand a chance. It's all regional though. I would look through the job boards and specifically key in on ARMRIT *eligible* and focus on those. It's a waste of time and effort to submit apps when they won't consider you. Have you contacted any Hospitals, Imaging Clinics in your immediate area to see if your ARMRIT certificate/credentials are acceptable ?

I was UE one time and I started back into the field (MRI) by taking a PRN job. Small start which eventually led to another
job until I finally worked into a FT position. The key is to take *anything* to get your foot in the door and re-establish
yourself in the work force. Does the ARMRIT not have a *jobs board* that you can take advantage of ?

This may be a long shot but the Mobile MRI vendors are generally more willing to hire ARMRIT's especially in rural
areas where it may be difficult to find Tech's. Alliance Imaging is a large Mobile provider on the West Coast, you might try
checking their website for any jobs.

I'm sorry for your personal hardships. Try and stay positive. Best of luck to you.

SMFR

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saraah in Virginia Beach, Virginia

25 months ago

Sarah in Cleveland, Ohio said: I have went to school in MI, passed my boards, became licensed and registered. I searched for more than a year for a rad tech job. Hospitals usually hire their own students. My graduating class was around 30. Most of them got jobs within a year after graduating. I on the other hand, did not. I decided to move to OH,So i became registered here, thought i would have a better chance of finding a rad tech job .. I have applied online, drove out to clinics and spoke to the managers in person... Still....NOTHING! I even tried calling hospitals to maybe even volunteer... You know..work for free. Still, NOTHING!! Here i am, graduated almost 3 years ago from a tough, and expensive 2 year radiographer program, not to mention the year and half just waiting on the list to get into the program... still, nothing. Getting a radiology job now seems like hitting the lottery.
I def regret going to school to be a radiology technologist.

Did you find something yet ? MRI is def opening up again. I am seeing mostly part time and flexi right now but full time jobs are popping up again. I have not been paying attention to x Ray though

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FoxmenJ in Norwalk, Ohio

24 months ago

NOPE, DO NOT DO IT
ARRT just stuffing their coffers, amongst the "schools" and upon completion, ya just stand there looking around with NO JOBS. As others have said, you might want to look around and move to other parts of the country, course out of your pocket...no one paying relocs at this time.
My friend paid around 30k for a AS degree in Radiology and virtually threw it away....
go in to COMPUTERS, SCREW Healthcare.
Tech for 30 years, having SAME problem after moving home to Ohio from the East Coast. Do not SEE any recovery for long time. Have gone in to alternative occupation to just make it the last 3 years.
Hosps, etc hiring what few new grads now at LOW BUCKS, NO BENNIES.

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SaveMeFromRadiology in Leawood, Kansas

24 months ago

Limited Scope X-Ray Tech's have the full support of the ARRT. Not that I agree with it but they are playing on both sides of the fence.

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michslays in Houston, Texas

24 months ago

As you can see above, I am from Houston, Texas aka one of the biggest growing medical industries (MD Anderson). I have read most of the comments on here and I can understand what people are getting at. Most people say that in order to get a job in this field, you have to have connections into the field in order to grab a job. Many hospitals where I live, like Memorial Hermann and emergency centers, are looking for a job - this is the reason why so many people are now moving to Houston and close to the medical centers.

Usually, this job depends on where and what state you live. I heard about many people who graduated from this degree and get a job right away or just don't. I wouldn't know because I am currently in school for this program, but usually it is the connections you have and where you are currently located.

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michslays in Houston, Texas

24 months ago

Jen in Garner, North Carolina said: It's very sad what has happened to the jobs in Radiology. When I graduated 10 years ago, before I even graduated, I was head hunted by a major hospital that was desperate for techs. Within 2 years the market was flooded and hasn't gotten any better. Part of the problem is there are too many school pushing out too many students and it flooded the market. The other problem is hospitals claim they aren't making as much money and number of patients are down and don't hire as many techs. We are expected to xray twice as many patients as before with less help these days.
It's really sad, I love my job, I'd never want any other job in the hospital, but I definitely can't recommend going into the field right now, unless you are willing to move anywhere to find a job.

This, I can understand. I live in Houston and the medical field is booming here because of MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann, Texas Children, etc. (YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING INTO NURSING). Finding a job is hard for everyone when they get out of school (except if you have an internship with a firm and they are paying for your school, etc.) Everyone on here think they have it worst when now, June 2015, people in the engineering field are panicking about their jobs. Just search and believe in what you love to do for your career.

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MRI Technologist in Irvine, California

22 months ago

MarcKevin in portland, Oregon said: I need some advice and please be friendly with it. I graduated and became a certified MRI tech by ARMRIT back in December 2013. I moved up north to Oregon from California. I'm currently unemployed and haven't had a job since my extern. I'm starting to think I can't continue this course of career as I've been out of the loop for so long. All due to personal issues I've had to go through. Is there anyone that's going through or been through what I had too? Any advice on getting back on my feet or work my way back as if I was fresh out of school (knowledge wise)

What's your email? I was in the same situation, but turned things around.

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MarcKevin in portland, Oregon

22 months ago

MRI Technologist in Irvine, California said: What's your email? I was in the same situation, but turned things around.

i would love to hear your advice or insight. but due to term of service and forum rules i may not share contact info such as emails. if it's alright here in the forum would be okay if it works for you.

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MRI Technologist in Irvine, California

22 months ago

I prefer off forum. I've exchanged emails with other people here in indeed at various threads exchanging information about interviews and pros and cons about companies which are related to job searches. I will respect your privacy otherwise.

Here's my update. I am up for renewal on my ARMRIT license. I won't be renewing. If you received the recent letter as I have, they increased the credits from twelve to twenty-four CME. That MRI convention this Oct. at Las Vegas, I'm sure will costs seven-eight hundred dollars and that's only worth twelve CME credits. Personally, ARMRIT is the biggest joke. What they need to enforce is job placements for any school offering any MRI program. I went to a not so reputable school, because I could not get into a rad tech. program at a legitimate college. And because of desperation, I went by way of an ARMRIT accreditation - big mistake!.

I went and took a different path altogether. The job I landed allows me, if I wanted, but I choose not to, to do MRI part time if I wish, hence I won't. And that's if there is even an MRI job out there, let alone a full time position to afford any one survival. This new founded career that I wanted to share with you is this. Here's the link and I'll let you figure it all out. It may not be for you, but it was a suggestion, and it changed my life. I'm in a career I enjoy and I'm not dwelling and thinking about ever finding work as an MRI Tech "ever". Good luck!

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MRI Technologist in Irvine, California

22 months ago

MarcKevin in portland, Oregon said: i would love to hear your advice or insight. but due to term of service and forum rules i may not share contact info such as emails. if it's alright here in the forum would be okay if it works for you.

Read post above. Indeed won't let me post the link because it's reading the numbers as phone numbers. So in the FIND FORUMS in the search bar to the above right, type in: (And just read through a few of the pages before deciding.)

United Airlines 2015 Flight Attendant Candidates, and Interviewees

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Confused student in Costa Mesa, California

22 months ago

MRI Technologist in Irvine, California said: Read post above. Indeed won't let me post the link because it's reading the numbers as phone numbers. So in the FIND FORUMS in the search bar to the above right, type in: (And just read through a few of the pages before deciding.)

United Airlines 2015 Flight Attendant Candidates, and Interviewees

Can you email me more info? I'm interested in a MRI program locally and debating about going through the easing how the radiology field is saturated. I'm currently a dental assistant working for my RDA license, should I just stay in my dental field? Would it be worth it to be a MRI technician?

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MRI Technologist in Irvine, California

22 months ago

Confused student in Costa Mesa, California said: Can you email me more info? I'm interested in a MRI program locally and debating about going through the easing how the radiology field is saturated. I'm currently a dental assistant working for my RDA license, should I just stay in my dental field? Would it be worth it to be a MRI technician?

This is the best advice I can give you so that you don't waste your time. Try and find a full time and a part-time MRI Tech. position anywhere, especially here in So. Cal. I can almost guarantee you won't find one, because I was looking at one point. You have to know someone to recommend you. And if you even get a position, it's per diem. I worked about 16 hours a month; that 2 days a month. Some MRI labs will only pay per scan. You're lucky if you find a place that will pay you salary, meaning an entire 8 hour shift whether there be no patients. I gave up on this career altogether. My license is up for renewal this year and I don't plan on renewing it. I wasted about $12,000 on the MRI program and wasted about 4 years total trying to get into a Rad Tech program and trying to land a decent MRI Tech. position.

Go to the campus/school you plan on taking the program and ask the students how saturated the programs are. Any school administrator or instructor will tell you otherwise because they want your money and don't care if you land a job or not. That's your problem; sad as it may be.

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Old n Tired in Salt Lake City, Utah

22 months ago

Saraah in Virginia Beach, Virginia said: Did you find something yet ? MRI is def opening up again. I am seeing mostly part time and flexi right now but full time jobs are popping up again. I have not been paying attention to x Ray though

OK. I know it's hard to get a job. I'm not denying that. I have no real advice for you. I only want to respond to at least one person about the offer to work for free,volunteer. ..whatever. I'm older so I totally get you with that approach as I used it myself over 20 yrs ago. But, we're in a new world, if you are not an employee of the hospital, clinic, free standing ER, and you touch a patient, anything at all goes wrong, the facility is liable. The biggest and most logical reason you can't volunteer is because if you aren't employed AND on the clock, it is a HIPPA violation. I know. Can't win. I'm sorry. I luckily have a job, though not full time, I keep looking. In the mean time, I read the instruction manuals that come with the machines (ct 4 me) then make it do something nobody else could. Get noticed. I wish you luck.

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Rick in Minneapolis, Minnesota

22 months ago

I have been a Technologist for 32 years. DO NOT GO INTO THIS CAREER unless it is Ultra sound of MRI.....No respect we are not valued anymore....

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Old n Tired in Utah

22 months ago

Rick in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: I have been a Technologist for 32 years. DO NOT GO INTO THIS CAREER unless it is Ultra sound of MRI.....No respect we are not valued anymore....

This is true. We are definitely not respected anymore. The equipment has become so advanced as well therefore, new techs aren't being fully trained. They are now the epitome of what we once felt was an insult. ...Button pushers.

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Cpochron in Lockport, New York

22 months ago

Great! I just started this program and read this now lol. Looks like I'll have to minor in ultrasounds or mri's after graduation

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Kayla in Wakefield, Massachusetts

22 months ago

Cpochron in Lockport, New York said: Great! I just started this program and read this now lol. Looks like I'll have to minor in ultrasounds or mri's after graduation

Don't worry about it, I graduated in May and got a job at an urgent care full time 36 hours a week 25 a hour 27 on weekends. The urgent care also has
Medical assistants so all I do is X-ray. 11 of us graduated and we all have jobs

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britbratt in Provo, Utah

21 months ago

Old n Tired in Utah said: This is true. We are definitely not respected anymore. The equipment has become so advanced as well therefore, new techs aren't being fully trained. They are now the epitome of what we once felt was an insult. ...Button pushers.

I'm just curious why you have the opinion that new techs aren't being fully or properly trained anymore and are just button pushers? Where are the techs coming from that you have had this experience with?

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Ellie in Baldwinsville, New York

21 months ago

amie in Buffalo, New York said: Dont waste your time in going to a school for rad tech in NY. Been a licensed tech for 10 years and still only part time with no benefits.
I live in wny and there is 4 schools within a 150 mile radius that are putting out lots of grads yearly and Flooding the market more.
Constantly applying for work but getting no where. Have even tried applying further away but have had no luck.
So save your money and time. Dont go into the radiology field.[/QUO damn I just dodged the bullet I was about to start my program in January after reading all these comments I'm not sure I want to do this you think the nursing field is better.

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Older in Saint Paul, Minnesota

21 months ago

Scuba in Saint Paul, Minnesota said: Trust me, I've been applying at a place that just hired 5 of my younger classmates right out of school. The clinic just offered retirement to the senior techs so they had a lot of positions suddenly open. Mysteriously, I can't even land an interview with the same place even though my overall work history is much more robust (I am an older student nearing 40 years of age). I know this because I saw one of my classmate's resume's. Trust me, it was not very impressive. I've sure they are being paid the absolute minimum, but I never thought I would see the day where have too much work experience stood in the way of prospective employment. Seriously, take a good, long look at this before you enter a program.

HI, I just read your post and was thinking of getting my Cert for MRI. I have a 4 year degree from St. Kates - Bachelor of Science. I am wondering if you have a degree or any other schooling with your Certification? Your post gave me a redflag! Any thoughts would be helpful. I am also in my 40's. Thank you Patti

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saraah in Virginia Beach, Virginia

21 months ago

I'm nearing 40 years of age and I wouldn't start any program in radiology at that age. Mri is way to much physical work lifting heavy coils and huge patitnts all of the time. There is tons of pager call as well. Do you really want to be in your 50 and 60s getting called in all of the time at 2 am ? I have also noticed way more prn jobs and part time rather than full time. Cleveland clinic just got rid of tons of Mri techs and gave them a severance package so they can hire a bunch of PRN staff. No benefits. They know people will work it bc it's still a crappy economy and people are desperate for jobs. I just moved back to Ohio and took a prn job.

I'm headed back to school for health information management. I'm going to do something less stressful while getting closer to retirement. I'm tired of working crappy shifts and weekends and holidays and staying late all the time with crsppy pager call. Good luck !

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Older in Houston, Texas

20 months ago

Rick in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: I have been a Technologist for 32 years. DO NOT GO INTO THIS CAREER unless it is Ultra sound of MRI.....No respect we are not valued anymore....

I agree with Rick, I graduated three years ago, #1 in my class with a 4.0 and score a 93 on the registry test at the age of 50 and still have not gotten a job in x-ray. To many schools putting out students with no control. there are 8 to 9 schools around Houston. I just quite trying to find one. wasted over 30,000.00 in student loans and can't pay it back. Don't waste your time and money.

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amie in Delanson, New York

20 months ago

Ellie in Baldwinsville, New York said:

It seems nursing has more opportunities in ny, always see postings in the job ads. Sometimes think i should have went ths route, but don't want to take on more loans. Already owe out a ton and even looked into the bachelor program for radiology. Was told by other seasoned techs in field that it was a waste of time. If anything would be worth it in field , gi for a PA. Heard those will be in demand, due to shortage or radiologists.

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amie in Delanson, New York

20 months ago

Older in Houston, Texas said: I agree with Rick, I graduated three years ago, #1 in my class with a 4.0 and score a 93 on the registry test at the age of 50 and still have not gotten a job in x-ray. To many schools putting out students with no control. there are 8 to 9 schools around Houston. I just quite trying to find one. wasted over 30,000.00 in student loans and can't pay it back. Don't waste your time and money.

I agree with rick. When there is openings in the field you either get beat out by an internal bidder or they want a ridiculous amount of experience. How can you get experience if no one will hire you. Whatever happened to on the job training??? After getting your degree. Sorry for the negativity, but it's quite frustrating when you can't get anywhere in the field.

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stephanieg1 in Montgomery, Alabama

20 months ago

Im very interested in radiology technology I am 21 years old I have not started any college yet I am taking my time to see what I really want because I am paying out of pocket for everything so I don't want to lose or waste any unnecessary money so I am very confused and torn about radiology not being a good career could anyone in my area Alabama be more Pacific

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mylo123 in Clifton, New Jersey

20 months ago

I passed my MRI ARMRIT boards exam in march of this year. The school was 2 years long. I'm still seeking employment and have 400 resumes out and went to several hospitals and imaging centers. I covered all of Northern NJ as well as Manhattan and parts of Long Island. there were 4 of us that graduated and I am the last one seeking employment. I have received 2 call backs only and they both told me to get a year of working experience. I need to be employed in the field and the hours does not matter as long as I am earning a wage. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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MRI Technologist in Irvine, California

19 months ago

mylo123 in Clifton, New Jersey said: I passed my MRI ARMRIT boards exam in march of this year. The school was 2 years long. I'm still seeking employment and have 400 resumes out and went to several hospitals and imaging centers. I covered all of Northern NJ as well as Manhattan and parts of Long Island. there were 4 of us that graduated and I am the last one seeking employment. I have received 2 call backs only and they both told me to get a year of working experience. I need to be employed in the field and the hours does not matter as long as I am earning a wage. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Why don't you call (not email) Jim directly who happens to be in charge of the ARMRIT program and voice your concern. He'll do nothing but blame you, not ARMRIT for your failures. The ARMRIT accreditation is a waste of time and money. I still have friends from school still looking for full-time work. I stopped trying and went into something different two years ago. The stress of wondering whether or not I will find work as an MRI Tech took a huge toll on me. I detached myself from ARMRIT completely and won't be renewing my lincense. I'm not wasting $700-$800 on the required 24 CME credits on a dead end career. I'm so much happier now that I'm far and away from the idea of ever continuing to become a stagnant 2-day a month MRI Tech.

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SoupdeJour in Victoria, British Columbia

19 months ago

Hi,

I am trying to find someone to read the DICOM data from a hip replacement. The hip replacement took place in 10 series of DICOM. The local health authority has provided the surgery on a disc. The links to the DICOM data are broken. I cannot read three series due to the broken links. The local health authority refuses to give me the missing data and have lawyered up. I have the entire series on disks (three of them) because the surgical data has been tampered with. I need the data read and series 1001, 1005 and 1009 printed for me. I have tried to go through channels and gotten nowhere. I have attempted to hire someone to do this, paid big money and have gotten nowhere. I am hoping that a radiologist will give me the information that I seek.

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nlopez0309@*****.*** in Garden Grove, California

18 months ago

can anyone help? what can I use to prep to take the ARMRIT?

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mylo123 in Clifton, New Jersey

18 months ago

nlopez0309@gmail.com in Garden Grove, California said: can anyone help? what can I use to prep to take the ARMRIT?

Besides studying the books from school, the study guide I purchased from the ARMRIT site helped me a lot to pass the exam. Read it and memorize from it as well. Let me know how you make out? Do you have a job lined up after you pass the boards?

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Tracy in Burlington, Kansas

18 months ago

I've worked as a CNA, ER tech and decided to get my medical assistant. I passed the national test and have yet to find work. Being told I would need to get a CNA & CMA (certified medication aid) to work most places.
I've yet to secure an extern site due to most hospitals, clinics and such not wanting to take in another affiliate.

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Laborer in Hillsborough, New Jersey

18 months ago

Let me clear this up for anyone still considering this dead end field.

1. The ARRT says the radiology field is in high demand and growing.

Do not believe anything the ARRT says! The more people they sucker into the field the more $$ they make. There are no jobs.

2. BLS statistics say demand for techs expected to grow 20% or more.

Outdated and inaccurate. Ask any recent grad how long they have been job hunting.

3. I passed the certification exam with a 95 and had a 4.0 in x-ray school.

You and everyone else. Doesn't matter to employers. They just want a pulse with certification and many years post grad experience.

4. The school I'm considering has a 97% job placement for its new grads.

The schools will count anything to boost its numbers. Whether you work one day a month PRN or are a server at Applebees. I've even heard of them counting office workers as "placed".

5. The program department head told me the field is growing and if I persevere I will find a job.

Of course they did! If you enroll in their program they make $$$ off of your tuition. Then when you graduate and can't find a job and drown in debt from loans you can't repay see what the director tells you.

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Laborer in Hillsborough, New Jersey

18 months ago

Continued from my previous post above:

6. By the time I graduate the job market will have gotten better.

You will be waiting a long time. Too many schools pumping out too many new grads. The market is flooded and will likely take another 10 plus years to get better. Check how many years the posts on this board have been saying the same thing.

7. I'll continue on to MRI or ultrasound

Same story different chapter. Everyone getting nowhere with x-ray is trying that and has flooded those modalities as well.

8. The baby boomers are aging and retiring and will need healthcare.

The baby boomers are not going anywhere and resent you for thinking so which might explain the surly attitudes of the more seasoned techs toward students at clinical sites. They know the hospitals can give their shifts away at starvation wages to newbies eager to work to get experience even with no benefits.

9. I see tons of job openings posted everywhere. The market must be opening up.

Not all of these so called jobs are even open. Just posted to give the facility the appearance of growth. Others are already filled internally but posted out of obligation. Jobs that are actually open will get about 300 applicants easily due to a saturated market so chances are slim since every place wants multiple years post grad experience before they will even look at you.

10. I know of so and so who got a job right away.

The exception not the rule. They most likely knew someone who got them in and are most likely not full-time but doing the crap shoot per diem game.

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Laborer in Hillsborough, New Jersey

18 months ago

Bottom line is there are no jobs. The market is completely saturated in all modalities. The schools shamefully continue to churn out grads since it makes them $$$. Same with the ARRT. Spread the word of what is happening. Economic loss is all they will understand. If people stop enrolling the excess schools will close. Maybe we techs can unionize or write our senators or something I don't know but they must be held accountable. There must be other forums besides Indeed on the same topic? Save yourselves and don't drink the kool-aid!

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amykeith in Buffalo, New York

18 months ago

Laborer in Hillsborough, New Jersey said: Bottom line is there are no jobs. The market is completely saturated in all modalities. The schools shamefully continue to churn out grads since it makes them $$$. Same with the ARRT. Spread the word of what is happening. Economic loss is all they will understand. If people stop enrolling the excess schools will close. Maybe we techs can unionize or write our senators or something I don't know but they must be held accountable. There must be other forums besides Indeed on the same topic? Save yourselves and don't drink the kool-aid!

Amen to that!!

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Nice Guy in Hawthorne, California

18 months ago

There is a lot of negativity on this site and is perhaps the wrong place to search for answers. While there may be truth to many of these statements, you need to do some research of your own.

The reality is this: nothing good in life is easy to acquire. You need to be smart, prepare, develop a strategy and then implement it with hard work. Jobs aren't simply handed to people, they have to be earned and reputation is everything. The x-ray community is small enough where word gets around about who you're and what you're capable of.

I'm an x-ray student at a community college in Southern California. I also have over 4 years of corporate sales experience and a BS in business mgt. It was difficult finding the kind of work desirable upon graduation several years ago, but I made it work. Here's the thing, as an outside salesman, I learned how to work hard, but also to work smart. In this day and age, every field is oversaturated when it comes to positions that are more easily attainable. Ask yourself this question, do you think medical doctors struggle with finding work? Perhaps because they specialize, they are more highly valued and won't experience unemployment in the same capacity as technologists, but they to are challenged with criticism of skill, reputation, school they attended, who they know, and years of experience. It is too easy to state that "there are no jobs", when all the above are very important details that are factored into who get's hired and who doesn't.

The bottom line is this: no matter what you do, you'll have to sell yourself and do it because you like it. Prepare, strategize and earn it

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Doug_R in Naperville, Illinois

18 months ago

Yes, everything worth having generally takes hard work. I don't think anyone using this site would dispute that comment or advice. I would, however, add that most of the complaints posted here are oriented more to the schools over selling the employment prospects in RAD TECH.

We're all happy it's working out for you.

Personally, all my 35,000 in Rad tech loans and expenses did was produce some comfy scrubs.

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Tye in Palmdale, California

18 months ago

So I Am A Recent Graduate From A Whole Other Industry, But With That Industry It Is Great Pay, Only Down Fall Is We Work 10 Days A Month. So I Have Been Looking In To Radiology As A Tech. But I Like Everyone Have Been Doing My Research & Talking With Other Techs. & Today Came Across This Forum Now I Am Confused. So I Am Wondering What I Should Do. Should I Switch My Major Back To Fire Science Or Keep Radiologic Technology. I Have A Couple Good Friends Whom Are Nurse Practioners & Head Nurses At Various Offices And Hospitals That I Probably Can Get In There. But This Forum Kinda Made Me Think.

So My Question To You All Is, PROS & CONS, RUN & HIDE.

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J.Kim in Diamond Bar, California

18 months ago

MarcKevin in portland, Oregon said: I need some advice and please be friendly with it. I graduated and became a certified MRI tech by ARMRIT back in December 2013. I moved up north to Oregon from California. I'm currently unemployed and haven't had a job since my extern. I'm starting to think I can't continue this course of career as I've been out of the loop for so long. All due to personal issues I've had to go through. Is there anyone that's going through or been through what I had too? Any advice on getting back on my feet or work my way back as if I was fresh out of school (knowledge wise)

Wow theirs a lot people w/ dwindling opportunities.It seems quite shocking to notice a depletion within the job market.. Have you looked into relocating to see what employment prospect would be perceived.. I was also made aware of your certification for MRI which is impressive. Well I'm in California and I was planning to assert myself through the same course,yet from the responses it seems so saturated and one assume results seem abysmal. Two words get moving Open advantage in California. It's an MRI facility working with Kerlan and Job, yet most their employees have graduated from Loma Linda..Call and ask..Better yet google them.

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tylerj512 in Buffalo, New York

17 months ago

save yourself money and frustration. DO NOT GO INTO THIS FIELD. ITS A WASTE. You want a full-time job, benefits and to be treated well dont go into this field.

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