HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Radiologic Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Medical Assisting

DO YOU WANT TO EXPLORE A CAREER IN MEDICINE?

Check out careers in Radiologic Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Medical Assisting.

What is it?

Medical imaging is the process of creating a picture of the inside of a human body to better diagnose any possible problems. Radiologic Technology, commonly known as X-rays, is usually applied to analyze the internal structure of the body, looking for broken or fractured bones. Sonography, commonly known as ultrasound, is used to create an image of internal body organs, muscles, joints and tendons. Medical assistants will support doctors, nurses and other health professionals with routine administrative tasks.

What will I do?

Medical imaging technicians are responsible for administering and gathering images through X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and other equipment, that are then used by doctors and other health care professionals to diagnose or analyze a patient’s medical condition. Medical assistants monitor patients, taking their vital signs, including blood pressure and temperature, as well as blood and urine samples.

Leads to these jobs:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • EKG Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Records Technician
  • MRI Technician
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Radiologic Technician
  • Registered Nurse

Is this for me?

  • Compassionate
  • Good communicator
  • People-person
  • Analytical
  • Detailed-oriented
  • Patient

Employer Spotlight: SILVER CROSS HOSPITAL

Based in New Lenox, Silver Cross achieved national prominence when we were first recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2004, and repeated for 7 years. Our state-of-the art 302-bed hospital has been acknowledged as one of America’s friendliest and safest hospitals, earning straight A’s for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group.

Working at Silver Cross is an empowering place to start your career where you feel appreciated.

In-Demand Occupations in Illinois

Medical Assistant

  • Education Level: Certification
  • Median Salary: $33,337
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 13%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 25,790

Medical Records Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $39,567
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 4%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 5,300

Radiologic Technologist

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $61,968
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 2%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 3,810

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $70,328
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 2%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 780

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

  • Education Level: Associate Degree
  • Median Salary: $74,766
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 12%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,660

Health Diagnostics Practitioner

  • Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Median Salary: $63,788
  • Job Growth Over Next 10 Years: 4%
  • Job Openings Projected Over Next 10 Years: 1,590

Source – Illinois Department of Employment Security, 2019

HEALTH, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HUMAN SERVICES @ JJC

JJC’s Radiologic Technology program trains students to be skilled radiographers who protect patients from unnecessary and unsafe levels of radiation exposure. Students will spend several 8-hour days in a hospital setting per week as clinical training, as well as learning about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, the health care environment, and patient care.

Learn more at www.jjc.edu/academics

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURSUING RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY, DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY AND MEDICAL ASSISTING

talk to your school counselor or teachers about what next steps to take.

© 2020 Career Tech Media

POWERED BY