MRI Technician Career Outlook
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.