Salary and Growth
Graduates in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program operate scanners, monitor patient safety, comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. They may administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously, interview patients, explain MRI procedures, and position patients on examining table. They may also enter computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry. In Allegheny County, entry level salaries range from $18.26 per hour to $46,600.00 per year. Source
On a national level the projected employment growth for Magnetic Resonance Imaging is expected to increase much faster than average between 20% - 28%. The projected number of job opening between 2010- 2020 is 95,100. Median wages (2011) $25.82 hourly and $53,700.00 annually. Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational, related on the job experience, or an associate’s degree. Previous work related skill, knowledge or experience is required for these occupations. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years training involving both on the job experience and informal training with experienced workers. Source
Employment in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging field is expected to grow by as much 28 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
An increasing aging population will have more medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which require imaging to diagnose and treat. Radiologic technologists will be needed to maintain and use the diagnostic equipment.
Although hospitals will remain the main employer of radiologic technologists, a number of new jobs will be in physicians' offices and in imaging centers. Employment in these healthcare settings is expected to increase because of the shift toward outpatient care whenever possible. Outpatient care is encouraged by third-party payers as a cost-saving measure and is made possible by technological advances, such as less expensive equipment, which allow for more procedures to be done outside of hospitals.