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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Careers

What Does an MRI Technologist Do?

An MRI technologist takes detailed pictures of a patient’s internal structures with a sophisticated machine that uses magnetism and radio frequency energy to create a 3-D scan. Those scans are read by radiologists, who give the reports to patients’ physicians to help diagnose conditions that may not be possible with other imaging methods. MRI is a field with direct patient contact as well as research.

Jobs and Working Conditions

MRI technologists usually work a 40-hour week, sometimes including evening, weekend or on-call hours. Opportunities are also available for part-time and shift work, as well as flexible scheduling.
Technologists operate diagnostic machines in hospitals, medical centers, diagnostic imaging centers or physician’s offices. They must comply with safety regulations at all times, protecting themselves and their patients.  

Find out more about job conditions and necessary skills sets in the MRI information packet.

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to CareerOneStop job statistics, Texas salaries are:

Job Title Median
Hourly Rate
Median
Annual Salary
Projected Job Growth Through 2022
MRI technologist$33.01$68,660+25%

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be found at MRI information sessions.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging specialty within the field of radiologic technology, which also includes: