||[Jun. 5th, 2009|11:05 am]
Radiology Students: Shades of Gray
Hi, I am considering entering rad tech school and I guess I am just looking for advice.|
I am at community college, and close to having my AA in art. My plan was to switch to an university to get my BFA. However, I am really, really tired of struggling financially. I do have a background in medical administrative support.
My college has a rad tech program. It is a 2-year program and although the idea of taking 2 more years away from getting my BFA, and still being poor then, really pains me, I am thinking of entering the program. Afterward I might go on to CT, sonography or MRI, but I'm trying not to think too far ahead.
I do realistically think that I could get my schooling entirely paid for via financial aid or scholarships. My main concern is spending all that time to get the degree, and then not being able to find a well-paying job afterward to justify it. I want a job that I can travel with, a job that I can use in any state or developed nation.
I am in Texas, but I'd like to hear from techs everywhere how much you like your job and why, also what you don't like about your job, what kind of pay scale a new tech can expect, how hard it is on your body (I have FMS), and if part-time positions are typically available (I would prefer to work part-time so I can finish my art degree). I appreciate any input you can give me.