MRI Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the MRI program may lead to the following jobs or careers:

 

Radiologic Technologist

$23.05
Entry Hourly Wage

MRI Technologist

$29.93
Entry Hourly Wage

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence


What Does an MRI Technologist Do?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging specialty within the field of radiologic technology. An MRI technologist takes detailed pictures of a patient’s internal structures with a sophisticated machine that uses magnetism and radio frequency energy to create a 3-D scan. Those scans are read by radiologists, who give the reports to patients’ physicians to help diagnose conditions that may not be possible with other imaging methods. MRI is a field with direct patient contact as well as research.

Jobs and Working Conditions

MRI technologists usually work a 40-hour week, sometimes including evening, weekend or on-call hours. Opportunities are also available for part-time and shift work, as well as flexible scheduling. Technologists operate diagnostic machines in hospitals, medical centers, diagnostic imaging centers or physician’s offices. They must comply with safety regulations at all times, protecting themselves and their patients.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop are in health care occupations.

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, CareerOneStop lists MRI technologist as number 13 in its 39 fastest-growing occupations.

Adding MRI as an imaging specialty can improve job opportunities for all kinds of radiologic technologists.