When a survey was conducted to X-Ray and radiologic professionals in the field, many of the responses were slanted towards caution. One respondent commented, “In my neck of the woods, Xray tech and cardiovascular tech are 2 very different schools. If you start as an Xray tech, you stay an Xray tech.”
Another warned, “Registered Nurses are engaged in radiology sometimes, so if thats your cup of tea, its possible for you to train as a registered and transfer to the radiology department eventually at a higher rate of pay than starting out as just an Xray tech.”
One respondent claimed, Xray or something in the emerging field of Radiology is where you can be sure that pay is more than other tech fields. You could earn more than $105,000 a year if you follow the radiography path and here is how: the average general education for a prerequisite radiology program is about 30 credits and about 39 more credits for the actual program.
You’ll be done in less than 3 years as a radiographer. Now if you want to earn more than 100,000 a year you should get a master of science in medical imaging to become a radiologist assistant, which is a relative new job.
You should also consider a Bachelors of Science and 3 years of work experience (requirements can vary) as a radiographer. Do a little of research about it, and youll find that there are many different ways that a new person in this medical field can specialize in a new technology and wind up making a financial killing.