starting a career as an xray tech

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Markemark in Tustin, California

15 months ago

I can't find a job after 9 moths of searching. I lost al of my hopes :(

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Showard in Boise, Idaho

12 months ago

Short programs that are only 9 months only allow you to obtain a technicians license. The associates let you get a full technologist license. Without the full license you cannot work in a hospital and perform many of the exams like fluoroscopy, surgery or even some xrays like abdomens. There is also a pay difference. As a technologist you can choose where you want to work. You could work at a hospital or you could work at a clinic too. You can also advance into other modalities like CT or mammo.
I attended a 2 year associates program (3 including pre-requisites), and just recently graduated a few weeks ago and was actually offered a job before I graduated. And it was not at one of my clinical sites. My class was 13 people and so far half of us have already been hired. The market is tight yes, but you do have to be willing to move. I accepted a job 9 hours away and had to move but I would have moved halfway across the country if I needed to.
The average pay of a radiologic tech is not $67,000 dollars everywhere. It very much depends on where you live. Here in idaho starting out if you are lucky enough to be full time you will probably make about $40,000. However, in this state that is not bad because the cost of living is much lower than say california. Here, your first job will probably not be full time. Many times it is PRN... but that is ok because you have to get your foot in the door. It will most likely turn into a better position. It is said by many, that if you do not get a rad tech job in a year after you graduate you will most likely never get one. All employers have to do it wait for a new batch of technologists to graduate who have more current knowledge and have actually worked with equipment in the last year.
one mistake some people make is thinking they should go into xray becuase they cant be a nurse because they are squimish around blood....What do you think happens when someone breaks their arm in half? You still have to deal with all that.

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DRONES in Omaha, Nebraska

12 months ago

It is a sad state of affairs when Technologists are fighting for PRN positions. When a technologists gets one or multiple PRN positions that person has take the first position offered to them. Technologists can't interview at multiple locations and take the best offer instead they take what they can get. This is not the sign of a strong career field.

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Jessica in Pensacola, Florida

8 months ago

nicole in Las Vegas, Nevada said: And how to go about getting my GED too. thank you.

Try Penn Foster their an accredited online school they have all types of courses plus your Diploma call and they will explain everything to you good luck

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Danny in Bronx, New York

16 days ago

George in Cooperstown, New York said: Following all these threads I see a lot of misinformation. I have been an ARRT Tech. since 1988 and have gone on to receive my BSRS (Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences). Don't get too hung up on the handles. The most common title is Radiologic Technologist but people will call you many different things like X-ray technician. It's all the same, at least here in NY. Yes, it can be difficult to get a job if you are in the wrong region. The demand comes and goes. There are a lot of people going into X-ray because it is a good paying job that requires relatively little formal education , 18-24 months. The military is a good way to get into it if you are a healthy young person and score high on the entrance exam. They are indeed, accredited now (The Army program was not when I went through it). It is unfortunate that it is so hit and miss as far as job opportunities. It is definately a surer thing to invest in Nursing instead. Unfortunately, not every good RT would make a good Nurse and vice versa. Best of luck in your carreer persuits.

Thanks for the information you provided. I am graduated college with a bachelors in business management but not very satisfied with my major or any jobs that have been offered. I am looking for a career change and thats to become a X ray tech hopefully moving onto MRI. I know its a major 360 change but i want to make sure i can find a career that is always looking for people and pays very well? What do you

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