Radiologic Sciences

About the Career

Radiologic Sciences is a profession combining advanced technology and human compassion. Technologists use their knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology to create permanent medical images. This is a profession that requires a dependable personality with a mature and caring nature. Radiologic services are offered in various settings such as hospitals, health care facilities, physicians offices, mobile imaging companies, industrial plants, research centers, government agencies, commercial sales and marketing.

A person trained in this profession may specialize in their own area or pursue careers as educators, researchers, consultants or administrators. The constant growth in this field has created many new and exciting career opportunities. There are several choices to make when considering a career in radiologic technology.

Salaries vary nationwide, however, the range in usually reflective of training, education, and experience. Excellent benefit packages often accompany a higher than average pay scale. Employment opportunities are available nationwide and offer the radiologic technologist flexible work situations to accommodate various lifestyles and needs. Many hospital or college based programs officer financial assistance for qualified students. Admission requirements, vary however, basic math and science skills are important. On completion of an accredited program, the graduate is eligible for certification in the field of radiologic technology.

Areas of specialization include the following:

Starting Salaries in the Columbia Area

Entry Level Salaries/No Experience
1/07

Radiographer - $16.00 - $18.00 /hr

Nuclear Medicine Technologist- $21.00 - $ 23.00 /hr

Sonographer - $19.50-$23.00/hr

Radiation Therapist - $22.00 - $24.00/hr

Mammographer - $16.50 - $ 17.50/hr

C.T. Technologist - $17.00 - $ 19.00/hr