Career Resources for Radiology Techs

Job Outlook for Radiology Techs and MRI Technicians

Overall employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations*.

About 20,800 openings for radiologic and MRI technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.


Healthcare Occupation Comparison

Jobs in the healthcare sector will grow 18% from 2016 to 2026…


Salary Information for Radiology Techs

The median annual wage for magnetic resonance imaging technologists was $74,690 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,210

The median annual wage for radiologic technologists and technicians was $61,900 in May 2020. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $92,660.


Radiology Certificates, Licenses and Registration

                  Most states require radiologic technologists to be licensed or certified. Few states require licensure for MRI technologists.                   Requirements vary by state.


A Day in the Life of a Radiologic Tech

Radiologic Technologists, also referred to as Radiographers, Rad Techs, X-Ray Techs or MRI Technicians, perform x-rays and other diagnostic imaging examinations on patients that produce 3D images of tissue, organs, bones, and joints by using different types of diagnostic equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or CT scanners. Depending on their training, radiologic technologists may choose to specialize in a specific field such as x-ray, mammography, or computed tomography (CT) imaging.