Radiologist Career Path And Overview

Radiologist Career Path And Overview
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Radiologists use medical imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x rays, and ultrasounds to diagnose and treat diseases and injuries.

  Job Duties of a radiologist

Diagnose a patient's condition by reviewing and interpreting medical imaging such as x-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds.
Administer trace amounts of radioactive substances to enhance diagnostic images
Determine the type of imaging required based on the condition of patient.
Coordinate with other health-care providers to plan, administer, and manage treatment plans.
Deliver imaging orders and instructions to radiology technicians.
Create radiation treatment plans and manage radiation side effects in cancer patients

In addition to above core job duties, radiologists may have additional job duties specific to their specialization (example: Diagnostic Radiologists, Intervention Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists.)

  Qualities of a radiologist

Interpersonal Skills
Organizational skills

Radiologists must have good interpersonal skills to effectively interact with patients, faculty, and clinicians.

Radiologists must have the intrinsic curiosity and interest medicine, science, and radiology.

Radiologists must be thorough in their work and must be willing to go beyond their normal duties.

Radiologists will deal with patients who are in pain. They must have the empathy to care and be sympathetic to their problems.

Radiologists must have good organizational skills.

  Salary of a radiologist in USA


Radiologists in USA earned a median of $301,720 in May 2021. i.e. half of radiologists earned below $301,720 and half earned above that.

  Job Outlook for radiologist

Projected growth: 3% from 2021 to 2031
Average annual job openings - 23,800

Number of jobs for physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 3% from 2021 to 2031, with about 23,800 job openings expected each year, over the next 10 years.

This projected growth is attributed to the expected increase in treatments for an aging population.

Some of this growth is also attributed to the expected need to replace physicians and surgeons who retire or move to other occupations.

Source: BLS

  Education Requirements For Becoming A radiologist

Education LevelMajorRequirement
BachelorBiology, Health-care, AnesthesiologyRequired
Master'sDoctor of Chiropractic (M.D.)Required

To become qualified as a radiologist you must first get a 4 year bachelors degree in a related field such as biology, health-care, exercise philosophy etc.

After a bachelor's degree you must gain a 4 year Medical Degree (MD).

After gaining a medical degree you must go through a 1 year internship followed by 3-5 years of a residency program.

DBecome board certified by passing two examinations - the core exam that can be taken 36 months into the residency, and the certification exam that can be taken after the residency is complete.

After successful completion of residency, you may choose to pursue fellowship to specialize in specific areas such as abdominal radiology, neuroradiology, etc.

  Top Colleges For Becoming A radiologist

Johns Hopkins University
Harvard University
University of Pennsylvania
University of California-San Francisco
Washington University
Duke University
Stanford University
Yale University
Columbia University
Cornell University
  Top Certifications For Becoming A radiologist

Certification or LicenseProvider
Radiation OncologyAmerican Board Of Radiology
Diagnostic RadiologyAmerican Board Of Radiology
Intervention RadiologyAmerican Board Of Radiology