MRI Technician Career

A summary of the MRI Technician (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician) career field is provided here to aid in your career search.

MRI Technician Job Description: MRI Technicians are a subset of a broader Radiologic Technologist career category. MRI Technicians use Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment to build a 2-D or 3-D map of different tissue types within the body.  MRI uses non-ionizing radio frequency to generate the image contrast. The MRI images are used by doctors to assess and diagnose patients.  MRI Technician duties also include preparing patients for the imaging scan and ensuring the equipment is operating properly.

MRI Technician Career Outlook: The MRI Technician career outlook is expected to be favorable.  Job prospects are expected to be very good. Employment is expected to grow 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be driven largely by an aging population who with increased incidence of illness and injury often require diagnostic imaging for diagnosis. Job openings also will arise from the need to replace technicians who leave the occupation

MRI Technician Training Training programs range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelors degree. Two-year associate degree programs are common.  The programs provide study in anatomy and physiology, patient care procedures, radiation physics, radiation protection, principles of imaging, medical terminology, positioning of patients, medical ethics, radiobiology, and pathology.

MRI Technician Salaries: Median annual earnings of MRI Technicians were about $52,000 in May 2008. The lowest 10 percent earned less than about $35,000 and the highest 10 percent earned more than about $75,000.

MRI Technician Jobs:  Radiologic technologists (of which MRI Technicians are a subset) held about 214,700 jobs in 2008. About 61 percent of all jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers.

Summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 
(2) "Radiologic technologist." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

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