In doing ones research of all the careers that one can do in the medical field, can be very overwhelming to some, and when adding up the pro’s and con’s to a career choice, it just makes sense that salary is an important part in the decision making. It is rare to find a good career, that does not take years in the educational process and makes about $50,000 a year.
So, what does an x-ray technician do and where do they work? The x-ray department is usually held in our hospitals, but certainly not limited to that environment. Some technicians will find positions in the dentist offices, orthopedics. Physical therapy clinics and emergency rooms. The primary job is to take x-rays of the body, upon orders of the physician. The process of an x-ray can help a physician diagnose many injuries and illnesses. It helps to define the exact origin point of the problem.
According to the career blog, Xraytechnicianeducation.com, to become an x-ray tech one would need to go to a school that offers the x-ray/radiology program. The good news is that it only takes approximately 2 years, where one can graduate with an associates degree and sit for the x-ray certification examination. One can always continue their studies in the radiology field to further their career, but it is good to know that one can start work in the field while pursuing a higher education, and be making a competitive salary as well.
In the x-ray program, one would learn about the human body extensively, which is very helpful, since the majority of their daily work is taking images of the body. Medical terminology is taught, so that the technician will understand what being referenced since much of the professional personnel use medical terms to describe what is being ordered. Among the technical x-ray courses taught in the program, the basics as in mathematics, English and the general sciences are also covered, giving the student a broad range of knowledge in their degree, and enabling them to have the necessary requisites to be able to transfer to a four year university, if they so choose.
What is great about the x-ray and radiology field is that it is continually growing and is constantly in demand, especially as our generations become older, the healthcare industry is one of the leading career options without a limit on it. With technology constantly changing how we do things and the types of equipment that we use, it is good to know that with a career in the x-ray field, one can have a prosperous future.