The primary duty of radiologic technicians is to take x-rays of patients. In order to qualify for this position you must first obtain an associate's degree or complete an approved radiography program.
Radiologic technicians, or radiographers, prepare patients for radiologic examinations and take x-ray films of their body. These x-rays are used by physicians to diagnose medical problems. In addition to earning state licensure, a radiologic technician can become ARRT certified. This voluntary certification demonstrates an additional skill level and professionalism to employers and patients. Certification is required in some states as part of the licensure process.
|Required Education||Associate's degree or other approved radiography program|
|Exam Requirements||4-hour multiple choice exam|
|Recertification||24 continuing education credits every 2 years|
|Median Salary (2018)||$59,520 (for radiologic technologists)*|
|Job Outlook (2018-28)||9% (for all radiologic technologists)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Radiologic Technician Certification Information
The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
Voluntary certification is available for radiologic technicians from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). To qualify for ARRT certification, three basic requirements have to be met.
To become certified, a standard of ethics and a list of rules and regulations have to be followed by radiologic technicians. Issues involving felonies, misdemeanors and any other criminal procedures have to be reported. The only crimes that don't have to be reported to the ARRT are minor traffic citations and juvenile convictions not involving drugs or alcohol.
The required level of education required for certification ensures that a radiologic technician can demonstrate the skills necessary to be successful within this career. Earning an associate's degree is recommended for radiologic technicians, but it is not the only path for ARRT certification. The education requirement for certification must have been completed within the last five years to qualify for certification.
Radiologic technicians are tested on their performance of tasks required for this vocation. The test takes four hours to complete. The majority of questions are in a multiple-choice format with one clear correct answer. Study materials for the examination are available in handbooks from the ARRT. A radiologic technician is only allowed three attempts at the examination within a three year period.
Every two years, an ARRT-certified radiologic technician has to complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours. When a radiologic technician's certificate is up for renewal, the ARRT ensures that the radiologic technician hasn't performed any conduct that could go against the ARRT's regulations and ethical code. A radiologic technician continues to agree by these standards whenever certification is renewed. Renewal can be completed online.
The ARRT's Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any renewal applications, so a radiologic technician needs to ensure all renewal requirements are met. In addition, the examinations from this organization are often used for state licensure.
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
In 2018, the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an annual median salary of $59,520 for radiologic technologists. Faster than average job growth of 9% was expected for radiologic technologists from 2018-2028, according to the BLS.
A radiologic technician must be ARRT certified every two years along with holding an associate's degree or its equivalent. These prerequisites ensure that only qualified individuals are working in the industry to avoid medically significant mistakes.