What is the demand for Radiology Techs and how is the pay? (California) How is the job?

Wanting information about Radiology Tech career .. trying to decide whether to go to school for Rad Tech or LVN… Advice anyone?


  1. address man says:

    My cousin does it here in the suburbs of NYC and makes about $22 an hour. I would say LA is probaby about the same.

    You asked how the job is; its very functionary and can be boring. Occosionally she sees some pretty gross stuff. Everytimes she complains, though, its more about the hospital she’s in than the job or its duties.

    So I guess the key is to get in a really good place.

  2. Techie H says:

    Definitely LVN and I’m a radiologist. I went there. It’s fun

  3. Theres tons of site that have that info, heres one

  4. Lissacal says:

    RNs complain that LVN positions have been eliminated from the work place, and they are expected to pick up the slack. So, I don’t know about employment opportunities for LVNs.

    I am a radiologic technologist in Northern California. We always have trouble finding people to fill positions here.

    RTs do more than just x-rays of bones. We do fluoroscopy studies (involving the intestinal tract and barium), arthrograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast or dye into joints for evaluation) and myelograms (assisting the radiologist with injecting contrast into the spinal canal). If you work in a hospital setting, you will do portable exams in ICU, CCU, the ER and even surgery. Some RTs take x-rays in the morgue.

    Most RTs will also become proficient and licensed in other modalities, such as mammography, CT and/or MRI. This training does not require any additional formal training, and is usually learned on the job. The more licenses you have, the more money you can make, as you will be in higher demand. With additional schooling, you can also do ultrasound.

    Well, I work in a free standing imaging center. My office is only open M-F, 8:00-5:00. No weekends, nights or call work. In a hospital, most imaging departments are staffed 24 hours a day. You could be scheduled to work nights, PM shifts, weekends, holidays….anytime really!

    I highly recommend you do an observation in both a hospital imaging department and a free standing imaging facility. Until you see what RTs do, you won’t know if it is the job for you! It would also give you a wonderful opportunity to talk to RTs in your area. You might also consider talking to an employment specialist in a hospital near you to find out how many LVNs they employ.

    The American Society of Radiologic Technologists just did a large salary survey, in 2007. The salary varies, depending on your experience, specialties and geographical area. To view, the survey, and see the average salary in your state, you can go to this link:


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