Where do MRI technicians work? They work in hospitals, clinics, imaging facilities, outpatient care facilities and in colleges and universities.
The industries with the highest MRI technician employment in 2014 were:
Hospitals; state, local, and private 59%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 20%
Offices of physicians 14%
Physical stamina can be important because MRI technicians are on their feet for long periods and may lift or turn disabled patients. MRI techs work at diagnostic machines but also may perform some procedures at patients' bedsides. Some travel to patients in large vans equipped with sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Most full-time technicians work about 40 hours a week. They may, however, have evening, weekend, or on-call hours. Some technicians work part time for more than one employer
MRI techs may be exposed to infectious diseases, as re other healthcare workers. Radiation hazards exist in this occupation but they are minimized by the use of protective lead aprons, gloves, and other shielding devices, and by badges that monitor exposure to radiation.