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Radiologic Technology

1,790 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92 Master's Degrees Annually
#17 in Popularity
$61,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Radiologic Technology Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 6,327
Bachelor’s Degree 1,790
Undergraduate Certificate 1,053
Basic Certificate 503
Master’s Degree 92
Doctor’s Degree 3

What Radiologic Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to radiography and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Radiography Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Radiography Majors

When studying radiography, 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:

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Radiography Majors

As a radiography major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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.
  • 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.

What Can You Do With a Radiologic Technology Major?

People with a radiography degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Radiologic Technologists 12.3% $59,520

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

1,790 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
76% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 76% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of radiography majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Radiography Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 71
Black or African American 95
Hispanic or Latino 249
White 1,191
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 174

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Radiography. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Radiologic Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Radiography majors often go into careers with median salaries of $61,540. This median refers to 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.

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Some degrees associated with radiography may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for radiography careers below.

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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) 23.5%
Some College Courses 4.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 63.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 3.1%
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. 6.2%

Online Radiologic Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 481 schools offered a radiography 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) 85 9
Certificate (1-2 years) 37 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 40 0
Associate’s Degree 373 14
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 85 9
Master’s Degree 12 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Radiologic Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a radiography grad is $61,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 54% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $432,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to radiography.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28,857
Physician Assistant 10,197
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,134
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,546
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,400
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

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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