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Hot Niches for Radiologic Technologists

Hot Niches for Radiologic Technologists

Jennifer LeClaire / Monster Contributing Writer

However, the pressure-cooker nature of nuclear medicine leads fewer technologists to choose it as a specialty, explains Jim Sutton, director of radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Nuclear medicine is in higher demand, because it is a regulated area,” he says. "Besides radiation therapy, nuclear medicine is the most mentally taxing, because there are so many mathematical formulas involved.

Sonographers and interventional technologists are also in high demand, but for different reasons, says Patricia Clark, manager of performance improvement and quality assurance for Temple University Hospital’s radiology department.

“Due to the workload in ultrasound and interventional technology spurred by new studies, equipment and procedures, the demand is rising in these areas,” Clark says.

Radiographers are flocking to ultrasound, where mean annual salaries exceed $63,000, according to the ASRT salary study. Clark says fewer are going into interventional technology. Specialists in this area are required to be on call, a quality-of-life factor that could be keeping some radiologic technologists away.

Nuclear medicine and ultrasound both require additional certification. Interventional technologists can practice with a general radiology certification.

General Radiology: Hurting for Help

With so many appealing specialties, fewer graduates are going into general radiology, a trend Parsons says is a real concern.

“There’s a big shortage in X-ray,” she says. “Everyone is going into these other specialties, and that leaves us in a bad position. My advice to every new graduate is to work in X-ray for a couple of years before you decide on a specialty. It’s good for you, and it’s good for the industry.”

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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