Become a radiographer with Jackson College
For a challenging medical career where workers touch patients’ lives, radiography offers an abundance of opportunities. Become a radiographer with Jackson College.
About the career
Radiographers, who are also referred to as radiologic technologists, perform general x-ray imaging of the body. Some perform advanced imaging procedures such as CT, MRI, mammography and more, essential in diagnosing medical problems. They work to position patients for procedures, operate high-tech equipment, explain procedures and guard against unnecessary exposure to radiation. Radiography has changed rapidly, so today’s students are on the cutting edge.
Being a radiographer
Radiography is a two-year associate degree that is a second-admit program, meaning students begin with general education courses and prerequisites and then apply for admission to the program. Jackson College accepts about 20 students each year in radiography, with applications due at the end of January. Assistant Professor Joe Shackelford suggests students contact him before applying so he can offer advice.
“It’s a field that may interest people who love anatomy and working with people, but it may also interest those who love technology,” said Shackelford. “One of the most incredible things about the field is that, when you become a general radiographer, you have so many directions you can go in.”
Those considering becoming a radiographer should realize that it is a service profession in which technologists interface daily with patients, many of whom are hurt, scared or injured and may be in poor spirits. “Having good communication skills and relationship-building skills are very important, both in working with patients and in working with the technical staff, physicians and nurses.”
Radiographers are in demand
The employment of radiographers is projected to grow 9 percent by 2028. The median salary in the field is $59,250, depending on region and location.