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To: Professor Sanchez
From: Bethanie Uhl
Date: February 17, 2016
Subject: Radiology Tech
The career field, that I have chosen, is Radiology. Radiology became something I wanted to pursue when I was about 15 years old. Radiology can be many different things. You can take a variety of different x-rays, with different types of machines, on any part of the human body. This career is a great career to study, in my opinion. Anything in the medical field is a very challenging career, and there is always a need for medical professionals.
Education and Certification
To become a radiology technician, you must have at least a Bachelor's degree in Radiology. A bachelor's degree is a four-year degree program. As a Radiologist Technician, you are required to have a license to work in the field. To get this license, you have to take a state exam ensuring you are qualified in the field of Radiology. Although some states may accept the American Registration of Radiology Technologist, instead of completing the state exam (study.com). There are no certifications that a required to become a Radiology Technician.
The income for a radiologist differs from state to state, just like every other career. I have researched different states because after I graduate college,I plan on moving to South Carolina. The income for Oklahoma as a Radiologist Technician varies from $47,315 - $57,180 (salary.com). The annual income for a Radiology Technician in Charleston South Carolina ranges from $44,902- $54,264 (salary.com). My friend’s mother is actually a Radiologist herself and she told me that there are some hospitals that will pay you more, if you pursue your career and further your education. She also told me that most hospitals will also pay for you to go back to college, meaning that a better degree in your field of study, will give you more money when you are actually working in this career.
Influence on Identity
Radiology can and will play a huge affect on your identity. The path it takes you get there consumes your whole life. Studying all the time to make the best grades that you can. Then you have loans that you have to pay back once you graduate college. Radiology Technicians are needed all times of the day, so you may have to work crazy hours. Working the overnight shift could put a toll on your family, because it makes it harder to spend time with your family members. While I am asleep, from working all evening, my family will be out running errands and doing their daily activities. Working in any type of medical field can be very traumatizing at times. My friend's mother has told me several different stories of x-rays that she had to take where there were bones sticking out of skin, and many other very gory scenes. I will be working long shifts, with sometimes little to no breaks, because there are times when it is just too busy to sit down and have time to eat a snack. Knowing all of the difficult things that I am going to come across only makes me more ambitious for this career path. I know I can handle all of these things and will work with them to the best of my ability to provide for my family.
To become a Radiologist it is going to take a little bit of time. There are going to be obstacles that I am going to come to that I am going to have to overcome. There is going to be sleepless nights of studying and also trying to manage taking care of a child as well. I cannot let anything hold me back in pursuing the career I have wanted since I was 15 years old. Nothing in life comes free or without blood sweat and a little bit of tears. I have a huge support system that is also pushing me to work in my dream career. I am going to do my best in school so that within the next couple of years I will be able to provide for my family alone.
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