As a Mammography Tech, you’ll be working with specialized equipment used to examine breasts for cancer and other internal abnormalities. Working as a Mammography Tech includes training on the operation of radiologic equipment, as well as the ability to read the results of these imaging technologies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for radiologic technologists, in general, was $58,120 in 2015 and this field has continued to grow!
As a Mammography tech, your knowledge will make you a go-to professional in the radiology department when it comes to the pathology, anatomy, physiology of both female and male breasts. Working with radiologic equipment requires the utmost precision and safety, in addition to an aptitude in math and the ability to handle complex machinery.
Most hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic imaging centers require their Mammography Techs to have earned either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in radiography. Generally, students who wish to go into the specific field of Mammography will receive specialized education in this area. Many in the field also recommend attending a program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology to receive additional education and resources.
In some states, radiologic and Mammography Technicians are required to have a license to work in the field. Usually, this entails receiving an official certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART). As a Mammography Tech, earning this certification ensures that you’ve met all the educational requirements, ethical standards, and passed a certification exam that will allow you to enter this fantastic career choice.
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