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Medical Radiologic Technology

1,200 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88 Master's Degrees Annually
#26 in Popularity
$86,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Radiologic Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 3,500
Bachelor’s Degree 1,200
Undergraduate Certificate 332
Basic Certificate 265
Master’s Degree 88
Graduate Certificate 15

What Medical Radiologic Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Majors

When studying medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Majors

As a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Medical Radiologic Technology Major?

People with a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Radiation Therapists 12.6% $82,330
Radiologic Technologists 12.3% $59,520

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Radiologic Technology?

1,200 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 81% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 68
Black or African American 89
Hispanic or Latino 149
White 817
International Students 12
Other Races/Ethnicities 65

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist, too. About 1.0% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical Radiologic Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $61,540 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Medical Radiologic Technology Major  ( 61540 to 122320 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some degrees associated with medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist have obtained the following education levels.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 13.5%
Some College Courses 3.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 45.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.3%
Master’s Degree 7.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.5%
Doctoral Degree 5.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.2%

Online Medical Radiologic Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 296 schools offered a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 33 7
Certificate (1-2 years) 30 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 12 0
Associate’s Degree 200 3
Bachelor’s Degree 9 0
Post-Baccalaureate 33 7
Master’s Degree 11 3
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Radiologic Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist grad is $86,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 117% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $936,600 after 20 years!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28,857
Physician Assistant 10,197
Radiologic Technology 9,768
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,134
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,546
Athletic Training 5,307
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 2,036
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,458
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 773
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 661
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 589
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 117
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 63
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 43
Hearing Instrument Specialist 39
Gene/Genetic Therapy 19


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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