Radiology Technician Career Plan

This career plan is designed to assist students, high school graduates and others exploring the field of radiologic technology. These are suggested steps to take based on your current education level and foundation of skills. Common personality traits are listed at the bottom of the page.

Career Plan Steps:

  1. Take Chemistry, Biology and additional science classes in High School. Excel in these courses and others. GPA weighs heavily when applying to college. At least a two-year degree (Associate’s Degree) is often a requirement for this career.
  2. Volunteering at a diagnostic imaging center or at a local hospital while you are in high school is a great way to gain valuable work experience to put on your college application as well as a resume. This will also give you an idea of the environment a radiology technician works in on a day to day basis.
  3. Research colleges offering radiologic technology or radiography programs that have been accredited by an accrediting body acceptable to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Programs accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) would also be acceptable options.
  4. Graduate form High School with a diploma or GED.
  5. Enroll and complete an accredited radiologic technology or radiography program. By completing an accredited program you will be eligible for certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  6. While finishing up your degree begin researching job opportunities using the resources available to you through your college’s career center. Volunteering at a diagnostic imaging center or hospital radiology department while in college is a great way to make professional connections that can lead to jobs after graduation.
  7. Pursue ARRT certification, which can help make you more competitive for jobs in this field.

Personality Traits: Personality traits and skill sets can be learned in a formal training program if you do not possess them at this time. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel these match up to your current skill set or personality traits. A discussion with a small cohort of Radiology Technicians at a Reno, NV hospital determined that the three top personality traits or skills they all possessed were:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills

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