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Medical Radiologic Technology

2,955 Associates's Degrees Annually
1,324 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#17 in Popularity (Associate's)
$86,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Radiologic Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 2,955
Bachelor’s Degree 1,324
Undergraduate Certificate 257
Basic Certificate 204

What Medical Radiologic Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Majors

As a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Medical Radiologic Technology Major?

People with a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Radiologic Technologists 12.3% $59,520

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Medical Radiologic Technology?

2,955 Associate's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 77% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 152
Black or African American 200
Hispanic or Latino 558
White 1,869
International Students 28
Other Races/Ethnicities 148

Geographic Diversity

Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist appeals to people across the globe. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical Radiologic Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $61,540 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Medical Radiologic Technology Major  ( 61540 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 13.5%
Some College Courses 3.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 45.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.3%
Master’s Degree 7.8%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.5%
Doctoral Degree 5.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.2%

Online Medical Radiologic Technology Programs

In 2020-2021, 286 schools offered a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 29 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 9 0
Associate’s Degree 191 1
Bachelor’s Degree 10 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 12 1
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Radiologic Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist grad is $86,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 117% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $936,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical radiologic technology/science - radiation therapist.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 26,631
Radiologic Technology 9,684
Surgical Technology 7,583
Respiratory Care Therapy 6,722
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,378
Athletic Training 2,305
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,836
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,377
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 602
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 568
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology 516
Physician Assistant 501
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 379
Polysomnography 302
Mammography Technician/Technology 69
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 51
Cardiopulmonary Technology 40
Hearing Instrument Specialist 32
Gene/Genetic Therapy 27
Orthopedic Technology 15
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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