MRI Technician Career Outlook

MRI Technician Career Outlook

The MRI technician career outlook is expected to be very good. MRI technician employment is expected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Projected new additional job openings from 2012-2022 number about 7100.


There will be an increasing demand for MRI technicians as the population grows and ages. With age comes increased incidence of illness and injury, which often requires diagnostic imaging for diagnosis. MRI technicians will be needed to maintain and operate MRI scanners.

The MRI technician outlook is also expected to improve as a result of federal health legislation to expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care. Job openings also will arise from the need to replace technicians who leave the occupation.

Hospitals will remain the principal employer of MRI technicians. However, a number of new jobs will be in physicians' offices and in outpatient imaging centers. This is due to an expected shift toward outpatient care whenever possible. Outpatient care is encouraged by third-party payers as a cost-saving measure.


Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Radiologic and MRI Technologists,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
(2) "Radiologic technologist." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiologic_technologist
(3) O*Net Online,summary report for:29-2035.00 - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2035.00

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