Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Radiologic Technology Submajor

Employment Outlook


Expected Growth

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows and ages, there will be an increasing demand for diagnostic imaging. With age comes increased incidence of illness and injury, which often requires diagnostic imaging for diagnosis. In addition to diagnosis, diagnostic imaging is used to monitor the progress of disease treatment. With the increasing success of medical technologies in treating disease, diagnostic imaging will increasingly be needed to monitor progress of treatment.

The extent to which diagnostic imaging procedures are performed depends largely on cost and reimbursement considerations. However, accurate early disease detection allows for lower cost of treatment in the long run, which many third-party payers find favorable.

Although hospitals will remain the principal employer of radiologic technologists, a number of new jobs will be found in offices of physicians and diagnostic imaging centers. As technology advances many imaging modalities are becoming less expensive and more feasible to have in a physician’s office


Earnings

The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $54,340 ($26.13 per hour) in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,850.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition Radiologic Technologists (www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm).