As more and more people retire in the U.S. every year, healthcare fields are seeing an increase in available jobs. For instance, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical fields encompassed by radiologic technology are expected to experience a “faster than average” rate of growth rate (between 14 percent and 19 percent) into 2018. In 2008, there were approximately 208,000 people in the field, so this anticipated growth rate equates to nearly 35,000 new jobs in the next eight years.
Professionals who possess knowledge of multiple systems (and therefore possess multiple certifications) will have the most marketable skills for advancement. The ability to conduct CT scans and MRI scans, in particular, is very appealing to employers who want to use these methods before—and sometimes instead of—x-ray technology because they produce clearer images. Additionally, with the steady advancements being made in technology, medical equipment is becoming more and more mobile, so the availability of these jobs in places other than hospitals will increase. Currently, hospitals account for the vast majority of all radiographic positions, followed distantly by private physicians, diagnostic laboratories, outpatient care centers, and military facilities.
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