How to Become a Radiologic Technologist in New Jersey

Careers in radiologic technology are increasing in number across the country and in every state.

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The growth rate for this field of work is expected to be 11 percent, more than double that for other careers, over the next decade because of the increasing need for health care. This is a populous state with a large number of sizable medical centers and hospitals. Jobs in this state in the field of radiologic technology should be easy to find for many years to come. Now is an excellent time to earn a degree or a certificate and to get a job in radiology.

Salaries in Radiology

Across the U.S. the mean salary for a radiologic technologist is $28.13 per hour or $58,520 per year. In New Jersey, which employs over 5,000 workers in this field, the average is much higher.

The average annual salary for a radiologic technologist here is $65,050, but can be as high as $84,000 with specializations. The average hourly wage in the state is $31.27, but can also go higher, up to $40.56 per hour.

Getting a higher degree, years of experience working in the field, and areas of specialization can all work to increase salary. More information on Rad Tech salaries in New Jersey.

State Licensure

To work as an x-ray tech in New Jersey requires licensing. To work in radiography, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy, a two-year license may be granted. The licenses are administered by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The state also issues limited licenses that allow someone to work in specific areas such as dental or podiatric radiologic technology. To get a license, students must complete an appropriate course of study and then pass the exam set by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). For nuclear medicine licensing, the exam given by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board may be substituted for that given by the ARRT.

Well-Known Universities and Colleges

New Jersey is home to several community colleges and medical colleges that offer certificates and degrees in radiologic technology and areas of specialty.

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck. The metro campus of this university offers students of radiology two options: and associate degree in radiography or a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology. The former will prepare students for a career in the field, while the latter is designed to help already licensed workers continue their educations.
  • JFK Medical Center. This affiliate of the JFK Health System is also connected to Union County College and offers students programs in nuclear medicine technology, diagnostic sonography, and radiography.
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. This school has many campus locations including Newark, Piscataway, Stratford, and Scotch Plains. Students can enter a program to become a radiologist assistant or work towards a certificate or degree in a specialty such as diagnostic imaging.
  • American Institute of Medical Sciences and Education, Piscataway. This school offers students programs in several different areas of radiologic technology including MRI technology and ultrasound and vascular technology.
    • Other Schools to Consider

      There are many community and county colleges in New Jersey offering programs in radiologic technology.

      • Middlesex County College, Edison. The radiography program at Middlesex includes general education courses as well as those specific to radiography. Graduates are prepared to take the exam for licensing.
      • Cumberland County College, Vineland. Students at Cumberland can earn a degree in radiography and be ready for the licensing exam. Admission to the program is selective.
      • Bergen Community College, Paramus. At Bergen, students can choose between a certificate in radiation therapy or an associate degree in radiography.
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