Receiving a master's degree in radiology allows one to pursue several possible career paths in the field of radiology. The background it provides in physics, anatomy, and radiological imaging grants the recipient a good foundation for teaching radiology or working as a technician.
A master's degree program in radiology provides education in research, legal issues and recent developments in radiology, as well as instruction specific to the chosen major. This training opens the door to a career as a radiologist assistant, radiologic educator or radiologic administrator.
|Career||Radiologist Assistant||Radiologic Educator||Radiologic Administrator|
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree; Master's degree in order to be in charge of diagnostic imaging||Master's degree or Ph.D.||Bachelor's or master's degree|
|Other Requirements||Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists||Comprehensive knowledge of radiology field||Knowledge of business and legal issues|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)*||9% for radiologic technologists||13% for postsecondary health specialties teachers||17% for medical and health services managers|
|Mean Salary (2015)*||$58,520 for radiologic technologists||$114,510 for postsecondary health specialties teachers||$106,070 for medical and health services managers|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A master's degree in radiology opens many doors for radiology careers. Graduates can find jobs assisting radiologists in hospitals and clinics, managing radiology clinics or radiology floors at a hospital or teaching radiology and healthcare students at a university or junior college.
A master's degree in radiology, in addition to certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, allows radiographers to expand their responsibilities in diagnostic imaging.
Radiologist assistants work under the supervision of a radiologist, with the amount of supervision varying between radiology teams. These advanced-level radiologic technologists care for patients by reviewing medical histories, examining patients, explaining procedures, monitoring patients during procedures, administering medication, performing follow-up evaluations and providing after-care instructions.
They also perform some invasive and noninvasive procedures using contrast media administration, imaging equipment and catheter or needle placement. Although radiologist assistants review images and document procedures, the final interpretation and documentation is left to the radiologist.
This profession is quite new, with the first radiologist assistants becoming certified in 2005. As the profession grows, salaries and responsibilities may change. As of May 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that radiologic technologists earned a mean annual salary of $58,520 and show a projected job growth of 9% from 2014-2024. (www.bls.gov).
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Radiologic educators are trained in diagnostic imaging, curriculum and administration in order to teach courses or coordinate programs in radiologic sciences. They develop, implement and evaluate curriculum at technical schools, junior colleges or universities. Possible courses taught might include laws and regulations, proper use of diagnostic imaging equipment, performing radiographic procedures or radiation protection. It is important for these professionals to stay current on developments in the field of radiology.
Salaries for radiologic educators vary depending on their experience and the facility at which they teach. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2015 that postsecondary health specialties educators at universities earned a mean annual salary of $114,510 (www.bls.gov). The projected job growth for postsecondary health specialties educators was 19% from 2014-2024, according to the BLS.
A master's degree program in radiology that includes courses in management, finances and legal issues prepares graduates to work as a radiologic administrator. Responsibilities in this position include managing and evaluating personnel, creating budgets, preparing reports, establishing radiology policies and implementing departmental procedures. Because administrators interact so frequently with others, strong leadership and communication skills are required. The ability to analyze and make effective decisions is also essential for those in administration, whether deciding on personnel, policies or finances.
Medical and health services managers can expect to earn a mean salary of $106,070 per year as of 2015 (www.bls.gov). The level of administration and assigned duties affect salaries. Administrators working at physician offices averaged $102,080 per year. The projected job growth for medical and health services managers is 17% from 2014-2024 according to the BLS.
Technical and communication skills are important for any career in the field of radiology. Interpersonal skills are also crucial, whether working with students or patients. Salaries for master's graduates depend on position, ranging from roughly $60,000 a year to over $100,000 per year.