How to Specialize as a Radiologic Technologist
The field of Radiologic Technology is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By earning a specialized certification, you can stand out as a job candidate and be a valuable part of this growth.
Step 1: What specialty is the best fit for you?
Once you have obtained a primary Radiologic certification, there are five post-primary advanced certifications to choose from: MRI, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, general radiography and sonography. These include:
- Bone densitometry
- Breast sonography
- Cardiovascular interventional radiography
- Vascular-interventional radiography
- Vascular sonography
Depending on the specialty you choose, there are additional certifications you can obtain such as ARDMS (ultrasound), CCI and RCIS (cardiovascular IR). When deciding which specialty is the right fit for you, it’s important to consider your career goals and preferences. For example, do you enjoy getting to interact with many different patients? Or do you prefer to take on a more behind-the-scenes role?
Step 2: Talk to an expert to get more information
When choosing a specialty, it’s a great idea to talk to someone experienced in that discipline. According to TaleMed Staffing Team Manager Allan San Diego, “It’s important that you speak to someone in the specialty you are interested in. They will have insights about the subtleties and nuances of that specialty and requirements you may not have expected.”
Step 3: Find a program near you to receive your ARRT certification in the specialty you have chosen
You can earn an ARRT certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and it’s typically offered at a university or technical college near you. Although specializing requires additional school and time, it offers great benefits as a result such as:
- Gaining knowledge, skills and confidence
- Demonstrating your skills meet professional standards
- Showing a commitment to ongoing training and providing high-quality patient care
How certifications help
You can designate your ARRT credentials and specialties on your resume and certification. These credentials help you stand out in the interview process because potential employers know that your skills meet and exceed professional standards. In addition, certain specialties — CT, MRI, ultrasound, interventional and mammography — help increase your options for travel healthcare positions.