With ARRT certification and/or a state license, you can begin work as an X-ray technician.
X-ray technicians may find themselves working in many different environments throughout their career. They may work at hospitals, physicians’ offices, imaging centers, rehabilitation centers, just to name a few possibilities.
Some X-ray technicians work for an agency that sends them to various medical facilities, depending on the local need.
As an X-ray technician, you will have a few different options in terms of career advancement. Many technicians continue their education and training through the ARRT, earning different kinds of certification. With this, they can move onto other positions, perhaps as a radiologist assistant. With additional certification, they can also work with different equipment, such as MRI machines.
Many X-ray technicians also specialize in a certain subset of healthcare, such as of a specific body part or illness.
As a technician, you also have the option of moving onto teaching positions at colleges. You could work with manufacturing companies of the imaging equipment as a sales representative. You can also climb your way up in your workplace to take on leadership roles, perhaps as a department director.
It is often the case that X-ray technicians spend a few years on the job before they learn a related area of study that interests them. X-ray technicians have a unique vantage point in healthcare. They get a close look at all sorts of careers in medicine. They often take this knowledge and go back to school to make the career transition.
Either way, X-ray technicians enjoy a number of promising options in terms of how to develop their career.