Special Procedures Technologists


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Special Procedures Technologists

Introduction

Special procedures technologists operate medical diagnostic imaging equipment such as computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and assist in imaging procedures such as angiography and cardiac catheterization (CC). They are employed in various health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, and imaging centers. Their skills are in high demand as the population ages and cancer and heart disease continue to be major health concerns.

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Median Salary

$60,510

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Salaries for special procedures technologists vary by type of procedure, geographic location, type of employer, and experience level.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that radiologic technologists, a specialized type of special procedures technologist, made a median annual salary of $60,510 in May 2019. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $41,480, and the highest paid 10 perc...

Work Environment

Special procedures technologists usually work in one of several departments within a hospital or medical testing facility or clinic. These departments have rooms set up to perform specific tests, such as cardiac catheterization, MRIs, or CAT scans. The testing is usually done as part of a medical team; however, some of the setup may have to be done independently, so technologists may be require...

Outlook

The coronavirus pandemic has affected many industries, and in particular, the medical field. New protocols have been put into place, including limiting staff and alternating staff schedules, to ensure social distancing and protect people's health. As a result, job growth in various radiology technologist professions may be slow from 2020 into 2021. As the pandemic comes to an end, however, dema...

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