Medical Imaging Career Information

Medical Imaging Industry

Even in these tough economic times the Healthcare industry is thriving. There are many different career opportunities available in the healthcare industry, all you need is the proper training. You can learn about some of the healthcare fields here.

What is a career in Medical Imaging like?

“Medical Imaging” is a broad term that covers a wide range of specialized jobs. Medical Imaging professionals employ the use imaging equipment to aid physicians in their diagnoses. There are several different career paths to take as a Medical Imaging professional including radiation therapy, radiography, ultrasound/sonography, radiography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Diagnostic Medical Imaging professionals use the imaging equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves into a patient’s body for assessment and diagnosis. Medical Imaging professionals typically work in hospital, imaging clinics, or physician’s offices.

What kind of certification will I need?

Medical sonographers and imagers require a formal education such as an associate’s degree or certification. Vocational schools and hospitals also provide various certificates and bachelor degree programs that are recognized by most employers.

Bachelor degree programs often include advanced courses in science, patient care, anatomy and physiology, as well as training in instrumentation and equipment.  Depending on the specific job and training program, prospective medical imagers may need to participate in supervised clinical training and field work to become certified.

What kind of salary can I expect to earn?

Diagnostic medical imaging professionals make, on average, $64,380 per year and $30.95 per hour *

How long will I be in school?

A medical sonographer will generally enter a two-year program to receive their associate’s degree at a technical or community college.

*Information from Bureau of Labor Statistics