Healthcare, Medical & Nursing - Ultrasound and X-Ray Technician
If you want to spend your career in the healthcare industry helping doctors and patients identify the cause of their illness, pain, or discomfort, and think you'd enjoy working with imaging technologies in a hospital setting, an Ultrasound and X-Ray Technician degree or certification may be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Ultrasound and X-Ray Technician students usually pursue a certification course, associate degree (2 years), or bachelor's degree (4 years). Upon graduation, most states require Ultrasound and X-Ray Technicians to pass a certification exam from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists before they can begin working professionally.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math, science, and technology coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning An Ultrasound and X-Ray Technician Degree Or Certification
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a Ultrasound and X-Ray Technician degree or certification include:
- Radiologic/MRI Technologist
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Cardiovascular Technologist
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Radiologic and MRI Technologists was $62,280 in 2019 (1) while Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, earned a median salary of $68,750 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.