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How Difficult Is The Radiology Tech Program?

Was going for Nursing, but heard about the 3 to 4 year waiting list at the school I want to get into so I’ve been considering Rad Tech program while finishing up on pre-reqs at school. How much COMPETITION is there out there for this type of job? Is there a big need of radiologic technoligists or will I have a difficult time looking for a job? For all you rad-techs out there, do you enjoy working as one and why?

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 5:37 am by radiology · Permalink
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  1. Written by blazinda
    on September 28, 2009 at 5:59 am
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    Radiography program is not as hard as the nursing program but there were days when I was in the x ray program where I said to myself why am I here and I can’t stand this bs. It was also challenging but it was duable if you don’t give up mentally and physically regardless the bs you go through as a student. There is a lot of competition but there will be jobs again. It is a cycle in all fields of radiology. You have to be patient and make yourself marketable and also NETWORK. So right now all the fields are saturated so you have to do what you got to do. That’s why there are techs who are going back to school to specialize and etc. Yeah I do enjoy my job and the past week I laugh all the way to the bank for the work I do. Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard work but for the past few days only this week, it seems nothing! I won’t tell you how much I gained but I do enjoy it regardless. It’s not an easy job like some aholes think it is but if you like it, it gets a lot better especially if you can specialize like I do. I am going back to school for nuke but I can do some CAT scan exams and perform bone densitometry. I would still study, pay attention to pictures, and listen to the tech’s input in order to survive the program especially the registry. If you study enough, you’ll pass the school and the registry. I know some people still failed it or believe it was hideously hard so don’t underestimate it.

  2. Written by ~K~
    on September 28, 2009 at 6:46 am
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    I started it about 15 years ago,but the waiting list was almost 2 years..I work in an E.R and work with a couple in the program..It’s really not that bad and the techs that I work with overnight LOVE it..They are in demand IF you specialize in something..It would require 1-2 years additional schooling, but worth it..My dad is a V.P at a hospital and he still tells me that they are always looking for people..I’d love to finish, but I don’t have the stomach for some of it..Anemas, bones peeking through the skin, I just couldn’t do it..I’d say go for it! A hospital would probably offer you a job while you’re doing clinicals!

  3. Written by jannsody
    on September 28, 2009 at 6:54 am
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    I’d gone to a free orientation many years ago at a community college for radiology tech and remember that the presenter mentioned how intense and rigorous the curriculum was. That was enough to sway me to look at other options as I have a reading comprehension problem :) One does need ‘technical physics’ which was another minus for me ;)
    General info: http://www.bls.gov/oco and search ‘radiologic technologists’ or such.
    US colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ