X-ray technology is developing with the progression of time, highly sophisticated machines allow us to view the insides of a human body without cutting them open, photographs of bones and soft tissues is mainly obtained with the help of this machine. The x-ray (photograph) is then used to diagnose various injuries and diseases of the bones. An x-ray technician is a person who operates this machinery and develops the photograph, which is then used for diagnostic purposes. He is also responsible for preparing the patients for the test and explaining to them the procedure.
There are ample job opportunities for x-ray technicians, as the demand for their expertise and skills is rising. He can find jobs in hospitals, clinics, dental clinics, and private diagnostic centers, due to the complex nature of their work, they are sought for and highly paid.
To become an one you will need to
Have a high school degree: finishing high school is a prerequisite of continuing in your path of becoming an x-ray tech, you need to have science subjects in high school to have a basic understanding of the human body, math is also essential at high school level if you want to enter into the field of radiology.
Join an x-ray technician program: get yourself enrolled in this program, these program vary in length and are normally 1-4 years long, they train and educate you extensively for a future in this field. The one year accelerated program polishes your skills and is normally taken by people who are already in this profession and want to keep updated and increase their knowledge and skills, while the bachelors is usually undertaken by people who want to exceed in this field and are looking for managerial and supervisory jobs. The two year associate degree is the most popular choice. Whatever program you choose to do, there is extensive education involved; the programs introduce students with subjects like anatomy, pathology, and principles of imaging, ethics, patient care and radiation protection.
After finishing these programs, you need to pass the exam after which you can get certification with the American registry of radiologic technologists. Make sure that the program you join is accredited, otherwise you will not be able to get certification and all your hard work and money will go to waste. He also needs to complete 24 credit hours of education every two years to maintain their certification. Since technology is progressing by the day, it is important for them to keep in touch and educate themselves about these changes; otherwise their skills will go obsolete in a few years.
To be an x-ray technician is not an easy task, there is a lot of hard work and dedication needed for this job. Since the job involves dealing with patients it is important to have necessary people skills, also he should know how to be part of a team.
The demand for x-ray technicians is rising at a fast pace, they are expected to increase by 15% by 2016, statistics also reveal that their demand is expected to rise higher than any other medical job, and is more resistant to an economic recession. If you have any interest in the human body and radiology, then this is the ideal job for you.