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About Radiological Technologist Travel Careers
Working as a radiologic technician is an incredibly important — and sometimes under-appreciated — role in healthcare! The work that rad techs do helps produce key imaging that ultimately reveals essential information about a patient’s health and informs their further treatment. Demand is consistently high for rad techs, and that means there are many high-paying rad tech travel nursing jobs in exciting locations nationwide! If you’re a rad tech, laboratory tech, or work another rad tech-related role, read on to learn more and explore nationwide rad tech job opportunities for traveling professionals.
Travel Rad Tech Careers
A career as a travel rad tech is a great way for you to avoid burnout — a job in healthcare can still be demanding, but taking advantage of being able to work in a variety of locations and at various facilities can help keep you fresh and motivated to do your best work. It’s also a great way to continue to sharpen your skills, experience many different facilities and learn from their ways of doing things, and build and even stronger resume. When you travel as a rad tech with Medical Solutions, you’ll also earn great money and have great benefits.
To be successful working as a rad tech you must be kind and compassionate, as you must often work to put anxious patients at ease during the imaging process. Rad techs should also have excellent technical skills and be comfortable working with complex machines, have top-notch communication skills, have good math skills, and be extremely detail oriented.
In many cases, physicians and the rest of a patient’s care team could not do their work without the important assistance of rad techs. Rad techs are allied health professionals who operate highly technical machinery to provide imagery that ultimately provides crucial diagnostic information and helps inform a patient’s overall care plan.
Rad techs can be known by a variety of names including rad tech, radiologic technologist, radiologic technician, radiographers, radiography, MRI techs, X-ray technicians, and other such names. This can vary from facility to facility and specialty to specialty, so travel rad techs should be prepared to sometimes roll with differing titles at different locations.
What Specialties Do Rad Techs Work In?
Depending upon the facility, rad techs can sometimes be in a central/general radiology or imaging department but are usually devoted to a specific specialty or unit. For example, most rad techs work in specific discipline and/or unit including cardiac cath lab, CT (computed tomography), echocardiography, EEG (electroencephalogram), EP lab (electrophysiology lab), histology, ICU (intensive care unit), IR (interventional radiology), mammography, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), nuclear medicine, OR (operating room), radiation therapy, telemetry, ultrasound, vascular. Again, this can vary by facility and/or by an individual rad tech’s specialty area.
How Do Rad Tech Help Patients?
Rad techs are essential in helping patients and physicians learn more about a patient’s health and move forward with a strategic care plan. For example, a patient could be visiting with severe headaches and an MRI could reveal a tumor that requires surgery. Without that correctly executed MRI, the patient and their physician would not have been able to gain crucial knowledge, properly diagnose the situation, and strategically move forward. Or, think of the woman whose ultrasounds help her pregnancy safely move ahead — and also allow her to see the first pictures of her child to be. Then there’s the woman whose mammogram monitors her breast health and can identify breast cancer in an earlier, more treatable stage or give her the relief of an all-clear report. The epilepsy patient whose EEG helps identify proper care needs. The OR patient whose imaging helps properly guide their surgeon and increases chance for a successful surgery. And these are just a few examples! As you can see, rad techs touch the lives of so many patients and their work is essential to quality healthcare delivery.
Quick Rad Tech Facts
- Commonly required rad tech education: Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology/Radiography and/or Bachelor of Radiologic Technology/Radiography, plus passing the ARRT Radiography Exam
- Commonly required rad tech certifications: American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART — often specialized to a specific discipline/specialty area), Basic Life Support (BLS), additional required certifications often vary by state and specialty.
- Commonly preferred rad tech certifications: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), various certifications depending on the specialty/discipline that the rad tech works in — preferred certifications can also vary by state.
- Commonly required experience to become a travel rad tech: Facilities typically require a minimum of two years of recent, in-facility experience in order to hire you as travel rad tech. You’ll want the benefit of experience since travel rad techs have to hit the ground running!
- Average annual rad tech salary range: $48,000-$88,000
- Locations where rad techs are in high demand: Demand for rad techs is growing nationwide! California, Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., North Dakota, and Virginia reflect high demand with higher average rad tech salaries.