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Radiologist Assistant

113 Associates's Degrees Annually
4 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#124 in Popularity (Associate's)
$39,110 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Radiologist Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many radiologist assistant graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 133
Undergraduate Certificate 4
Basic Certificate 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1

What Radiologist Assistant Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to radiologist assistant and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Radiologist Assistant 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 Radiologist Assistant Majors

When studying radiologist assistant, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Radiologist Assistant Majors

A major in radiologist assistant will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Radiologist Assistant Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with radiologist assistant:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Healthcare Support Workers 11.7% $37,830
Radiologic Technicians 19.6% $42,920

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Radiologist Assistant?

133 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
14% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 81% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of radiologist assistant majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 114
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Geographic Diversity

Radiologist Assistant appeals to people across the globe. About 0.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Radiologist Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Radiologist Assistant majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $39,110 to $47,450 (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.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with radiologist assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for radiologist assistant careers below.

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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) 26.3%
Some College Courses 4.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 66.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 2.4%

Online Radiologist Assistant Programs

In 2019-2020, 14 schools offered a radiologist assistant 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) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 3 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Radiologist Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a radiologist assistant grad is $39,110 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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Major Number of Grads
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Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,622
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3,617
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,114
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 787
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 427
Anesthesiologist Assistant 321
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 179
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 134
Lactation Consultant 33
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 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.

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