So you filled out all the applications, secured financial aid, and took the plunge into a radiologic technologist training program, but you’ve still got a long way to go! Networking with other medical professionals, building a diverse skill set, and getting licensed in the state where you want to practice are all ahead of you. The following are some handy websites and other resources you can use to make those processes go as smoothly as possible.
- The American Society of Radiologic Technologists: This is a large membership organization for radiologic technologists and other imaging professionals. The website features resources for students, teachers, and professionals in the field, and has lots of videos and FAQs with information about the field for people at any stage of their careers (including people still in school).
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook: This government database has a huge amount of info about almost any imaginable career path, including that of radiologic technologist. Whether you’re looking for salary estimates, which states have the best pay or most jobs available, or similar careers to compare, you can get authoritative information from The Bureau of Labor Statistics and their Occupational Outlook Handbook website.
- The Journal of Radiology Case Reports: This website offers a peek into the world of radiographic research. You can read abstracts and other excerpts from academic papers and research about radiologic imaging and the various medical uses of radiography. The academic works contained in the Journal of Radiology Case Reports website are also indexed in Google Scholars and other online academia portals.
- Job Boards: It is important to talk with your colleagues, friends, and family about job opportunities, and a lot of people get jobs by working their personal network, but the internet is still an amazing tool for job searching. Visiting online job boards, especially those that are geared toward the medical imaging profession, is a crucial step in any job search.
- Blogs and Online Communities: One great way to find out more about the profession and connect with others in it is to look at blogs being written by radiologic technologists. One blog you can visit to get the real deal on life as a radiologic technologist is Not Totally Rad, which offers a combination of personal anecdotes and critiques of the profession as a whole.
- Associate of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS): This organization is dedicated to aggregating resources online for use by radiologic professionals. Their website offers links to other handy resources for radiographers, as well as contact info for networking with other members, and various event registrations and other opportunities to meet up with radiographers in person. Becoming a member of this organization can also provide new professional connections and increase your personal network so it is easier to find a job when the time comes.
- The Radiology Portal: This blog offers insight into the daily life of radiology workers and administrators, as well as dozens of links to other interesting info for radiographers. In addition to the blog, the writer of The Radiology Portal has a Twitter feed where he posts links to new materials as he finds them. The blog features videos, photos, and links about related fields such as mammography, ultrasound, and other types of medical imaging, beyond radiography as well.
- Radiology Picture of the Day: This blog is exactly what it sounds like. Regularly updated radiographic images with names and brief descriptions of the injury or deformity represented. The subject matter of the images ranges widely, from gastro-intestinal tracts to head, neck, and spinal injuries, all captured by x-ray or another sonographic or radiographic imaging technique. These photos could be used for educational purposes, but are also just fun to look at!
Knowing how to learn for yourself and pursue opportunities on your free time can give a boost to any career. The above resources can hook you up with other professionals in your field and help you learn and grow whether you’re just starting radiology tech school or you’ve been working for ten years.
Getting in touch with the creators of the above resources could be a great way to stay excited about your radiography education when the workload feels like too much, and starting your own blog or other online outlet for your thoughts and experiences in radiologic tech training can be a good way to keep yourself curious and help out others in the same position as you.