Your Career in Montana Starts Here

Careers for radiology technicians and technologists are increasing every year. As the population of the U.S. grows and ages, the demand for healthcare professionals of all types will continue to grow. With such demand, now is a great time to earn a degree for working in radiology.

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Although Montana is sparsely populated, there are several major medical centers that require good radiology technicians. In fact, the lower population in the state can mean that qualified radiology workers may have an easier time finding a position.

Salaries in Radiology

The median salary for radiology technicians across the U.S. is $54,340 per year or $26.13 per hour. In Montana, the average is a little lower at $49,340 for an annual salary and $24.65 for an hourly wage.

However, the cost of living in most of the state is lower than the average for the country. A radiologic technician can live very comfortably on this salary in Montana. With a specialty or with more experience a radiology technician in Montana can make upwards of $70,000 or more per year.

Radiology Requirements in Montana

To work as a radiologic technologist in the state of Montana requires a 24-month course of study in radiologic technology. This program must be approved by the Montana Board of Radiologic Technologists (MBRT). Practitioners must also pass the examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and then apply for and get a license. The MBRT also grants permits for limited X-ray procedures, which requires less coursework. Those applying for the full license may receive a temporary permit after the completion of coursework and before the test is passed.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Montana

Montana’s two largest state schools, the University of Montana and Montana State University, both offer an associate of applied science degrees in radiologic technology.

  • Missoula College. This college within the University of Montana provides students with several degree and certificate options in a variety of fields including radiologic technology. To get into this program, students must first enroll in the associate of arts program and complete general coursework. From there, students may apply for the radiology program.
  • Great Falls College. Montana State University’s Great Falls College also offers an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology. There are general education requirements that must be completed first. Students can then be accepted into the radiology program to earn the degree.

Other Schools to Consider

Two other smaller schools in Montana also offer degree options for radiologic technology.

  • Montana Tech, located in Butte is a technology focused school that offers an associate degree in radiologic technology. The program includes 72 credit hours of general education courses and radiology courses.
  • Flathead Community College is located in Libby Montana. Students interested in the field of radiology can earn an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology. The program has a few general education prerequisites and then consists of two years of radiology coursework.

With few options in the state of Montana, students may wish to look further afield. While there are few options in North and South Dakota, there are schools in Boise, Twin Falls and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Large Employers in Radiology

The population of Montana is mostly concentrated in a few areas like Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls. There are some smaller medical centers in more remote areas. Large or small, these facilities need to hire radiologic technologists.

Benefis Health System
1101 26th Street
Great Falls, MT 59405
http://www.benefis.org/Main/Home.aspx

Community Medical Center

2827 Fort Missoula Rd
Missoula, MT 59804
http://www.communitymed.org/

Billings Clinic
2800 10th Avenue North
Billings, MT, 59107
http://www.billingsclinic.com/

Providence Surgery Center
902 North Orange St.
Missoula, MT 59802
http://www.providencesurgery.com/

St. Patrick Hospital
500 W. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
http://montana.providence.org/hospitals/st-patrick

St. Peter’s Hospital
2475 Broadway
Helena, MT 59601
http://www.stpetes.org/

St. James Healthcare
400 S. Clark Street
Butte, MT 59701
http://www.stjameshealthcare.org/

Professional Organizations

For radiologic technicians in Montana, the leading professional organization is the Montana Board of Radiologic Technologists. This is the board that is responsible for licensing in the state. Workers in Montana also must pass the test provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Another organization to which Montana radiologic technicians may belong is the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. To get more information about becoming a radiology technician and about schools that offer programs, prospective students may contact the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

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