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Michelle (Miss Sandy) in Prentiss, Mississippi

38 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

19 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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lovely2013 in Portland, Maine

18 months ago

what should i do to get my registration licensing with arrt?

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Sarah in Cleveland, Ohio

18 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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Angel in Ocala, Florida

17 months ago

I would like to just say that it isn't only radiology techs that have this problem...this happens with many many positions you go to school for. I was told when I took my nurses aid course that it was a waste of time and money because there where so many applicants and no jobs....it took me about 2 months after I graduated to get a job at the hospital and that had a lot to do with me making friends with people in the hospital who helped me get a position there. Same thing when I got my phlebotomy certificate...again was told I wouldn't be able to find a job. It took me a few months after I graduated and got my certificate but eventually the lab hired me on in the hospital I was already working at as a nurses aid.

I feel that If I hadn't been with the hospital I was working at, at that time, then I probably would not have gotten hired as a phlebotomist there newly out of school. I think that if you can get in with a hospital either before you start classes or while you are in classes it will greatly boost your chances of getting a job with your new certification/degree. I have been looking into doing wither surgical tech or radiology tech as well and its very discouraging to see peoples negative posts about the fields.

If your heart is in it and you are determined enough you will find a job. Even if it means starting out as a housekeeper in a hospital or as a nurses aid or phlebotomist....start at the bottom and work your way up. Get to know people in the area you are working towards and get as much information you need and get to know as many people as you can in that field. Put yourself out there... Networking is key. Applying online is great and convenient, submitting resumes is ok, better with a cover letter that really shows your interest and dedication...but the best way to make a great impression is to be there in their faces and letting them get to know you and see how you are. The more they know you the better your chances will be.

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Angel in Ocala, Florida

17 months ago

rhonda in Rochester, Michigan said: why is everyone encouraging students to go into nursing? its flooded enough and nursing is a highly stressful job. no one wants to deal with those annoying patients for an entire shift

If you are considering those sick patients who need us "annoying patients" than for one you shouldn't even be looking in the healthcare area...go look somewhere else where you cannot negatively impact unsuspecting sick patients...for two, nursing is a bit more secure, it is a lot easier to find a job being in nursing, and there are hundreds of different opportunities to look into once you have your nursing degree...nursing is not just about 'dealing with "annoying patients" all day' it is about making a difference in peoples lives.

I really hope with that attitude you are not working in direct contact with any patients.

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Ryamom in Lander, Wyoming

17 months ago

No nursing isn't exactly better than rad tech - especially if your are a new grad. You will have to do just as much networking, especially Ito get a hospital job-. I think all healthcare workers are going to be detrimentally affected by Medicare/Medicaid cuts and obamacare.

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Bill Bacurat in Richmond, Virginia

14 months ago

cmc in Edison, New Jersey said: i am interested in being RT but understand the market is so flooded but i am wondering why nobody or not enough of RT wrote to arrt or politician or form their own union to regulate not only schools for putting out too many techs and protecting RT job from non RT professionals? If you're not happy w/ current situation of the RT field make your voice heard and don't rely on letting other do it b/c thats what everybody else is probably thinking about !!!

The answer to your question is the same. The more graduates the more money ARRT makes. The ARRT is not a free service.

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17yrtech in Gardena, California

10 months ago

never had it so hard to find work. in my state the hospitals are hiring the new grads. experience is not to my advantage because it requires more pay. To many Techs. not enough cross training. There are jobs for advance modalities that required cross training, however, cross training isn't offered to per diem or registry techs. extremely good at what I do but can't get hired. Strongly considering leaving the field for a different career field. Don't want to waste money for MRI/CT/PET training if I can't work to repay the loans. Good Luck to everyone looking for work. applying for unemployment for the first time in 20 years! Still applying!!!!!!!!

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reformist in Tampa, Florida

9 months ago

I do not advise anyone to pursue a career as a Radiologic or X-ray Technologist. I graduated on August of 2013 from a program last year and the job opportunities are non-existent. Out of the 30 classmates that graduated with me, only about 5 have found jobs, and they are only working par-time or per-Diem.
The schools are doing the poor students a great injustice by allowing so many people into these programs well knowing that there is a very poor chance of any of them actually getting full-time employment. These programs are very expensive and require much dedication and sacrifice to complete. After graduation, all you will have to show for it is a huge student loan, unemployment and depression.
There are just to many people graduating and not enough job opportunities available. It will be a flooded job market for many years to come. Do not believe the advertisements made by the schools and the reports from the Dept of Labor statistics about increasing job demand from now to year 2020. The market is so flooded with unemployed Technologists, that they will immediately fill in any gap.
The market is filled with misguided new graduates believing that if they searched hard enough that they would eventfully find a job. I highly suggest that anyone pondering about a career as a Radiologic Technologist to do their research and speak to actual Radiologic Technologists, especially recent graduates to know the true story.

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victoria11012 in Auburn, Alabama

9 months ago

reformist in Tampa, Florida said: I do not advise anyone to pursue a career as a Radiologic or X-ray Technologist. I graduated on August of 2013 from a program last year and the job opportunities are non-existent. Out of the 30 classmates that graduated with me, only about 5 have found jobs, and they are only working par-time or per-Diem.
The schools are doing the poor students a great injustice by allowing so many people into these programs well knowing that there is a very poor chance of any of them actually getting full-time employment. These programs are very expensive and require much dedication and sacrifice to complete. After graduation, all you will have to show for it is a huge student loan, unemployment and depression.
There are just to many people graduating and not enough job opportunities available. It will be a flooded job market for many years to come. Do not believe the advertisements made by the schools and the reports from the Dept of Labor statistics about increasing job demand from now to year 2020. The market is so flooded with unemployed Technologists, that they will immediately fill in any gap.
The market is filled with misguided new graduates believing that if they searched hard enough that they would eventfully find a job. I highly suggest that anyone pondering about a career as a Radiologic Technologist to do their research and speak to actual Radiologic Technologists, especially recent graduates to know the true story.

Is it really that awful? Do you think it's the same way everywhere? :( I'm feeling so discouraged

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Radtechmom in Vincent, Alabama

9 months ago

Hello. I graduated from a hospital based program in 2008. I was able to find a job in an urgent care clinic before graduation. However it was not the best employer and I had to move on. I was there three years before finding another job in a clinic where I did more medical assistant work than x-ray. I have applied to sooo many radiology positions and I'm afraid all they see is the medical assisting. I would appreciate any advice on getting experience or becoming registered in other modalities. I live in a small town in Alabama and there are no schools close by that offer CT/MRI training. I would even volunteer and work for free to gain more experience. Thinking of giving up on x-ray all together at this point. Any suggestions would help. Thanks

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michiganRT in Ann Arbor, Michigan

7 months ago

I agree. NO JOBS for radiology techs!! If you get hired while doing clinicals your lucky!!
Graduated 2 years ago & still can't find one in radiology!! Lots of colleges still putting them through, so if an opening comes up they take the one in front of them at the time?!

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Anonymous in Waterville, Maine

7 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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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a-aron in Fullerton, California

4 months ago

Well I feel your pain, but cannot agree with you. I probablly live in one of the hardest markets for radtech's. We have 3 schools pumping out at least 22-26 students a year. So far from my 2011 class everyone has found jobs. Granted some of them are working clinics, but its still a job.

Currently I am working a perdiem job, but getting plenty of hours, basically full time hours at 32$. Do not want to go full time when things are still rocky. Like my coworker always says "last one in, first one out." I do feel safe in my position because I can basically do anything they send me to do, quickly.

I guess it is how you market yourself.

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MarcKevin in portland, Oregon

7 days 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

5 days 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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