Career Overview

Harper's Radiologic Technology Program provides quality radiologic technology education in an effort to prepare competent entry-level radiologic technologists who will perform effectively within the health care setting.

Career definition

Radiologic technologists perform radiographic procedures under the auspices of a radiologist or a medical specialist and produce radiographic images of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical abnormalities. They work in hospitals, clinics, private industry, and physician offices, as well as staffing mobile X-ray units.

Opportunities for employment

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018, as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging. Opportunities are expected to be favorable.

Opportunities for advancement

Radiologic technologists with additional training can enter ultrasonography, mammography, angiography, interventional radiography, computerized tomography (CT), bone densitometry and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Experienced technologists may also be promoted to administrative positions within the radiology department. Advancements in administration, education and sales typically require technologists to obtain a bachelor's degree and/or a master's degree in radiologic technology, business, education, or health administration.

Helpful academic skills and experiences

  • Courses in high school biology, chemistry, algebra, physics and first-aid
  • College courses in anatomy, physiology, English, algebra, communications and introduction to health careers
  • Employment and volunteer experience in a health care setting and American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification

Professional organizations