X-Ray Technician Career Outlook

X-Ray Technician Career Outlook

X-Ray Technicians held about 196,000 jobs in 2015.  The X-Ray Technician career outlook is expected to be favorable.  Employment of X-Ray technicians is expected to increase by about 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.  This is faster than the average for all  occupations. 

This growth in X-Ray diagnostic imaging is driven by a number of factors including:

  • a growing and aging population and consequent need for imaging services
  • an increasing success of medical technologies in treating disease, and the resulting increased need for imaging to monitor progress of treatment
  • advances in technology which reduce costs and make more imaging options feasible
  • a need to replace technicians who retire or otherwise leave the occupation
X-Ray technicians/technologists who are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in other diagnostic imaging procedures—such as CT, MR, and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm

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