Alaskan Options in Radiologic Technology

The field of radiology is growing around the country and the state of Alaska, like many states in the US, is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified radiology technologists. As a result, this is a great time to begin a career in radiology in Alaska.

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The overall shortage of technologists means that jobs are readily available to qualified individuals, and it also means that salaries are currently very competitive compared to other fields.

Salaries for Radiologists

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a radiologic technologist in Alaska in 2017 was $70,960. This figure is more than 17% higher than the average salary of $60,320 that radiologic technologists are able to command around the country. In addition, the cost of living in Alaska is higher than the cost of living index for the lower 48 states, due to the size of the state and the challenges involved in delivery food and amenities to more remote locations. However, the median salary for the largest city, Anchorage, is $67,800, and the cost of living index is much lower than the cost of living in most large cities in the country.

Radiology Requirements in Alaska

Currently, Alaska does not require that technicians in the field of radiology be licensed and registered in order to obtain work. However, many clinics and hospitals do require certification, and individuals may limit their job prospects if they do not certify and register with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. There are relatively few locations to earn a radiology degree in Alaska, but the minimal requirements to work in this state means that individuals who obtain a degree elsewhere will be qualified to work in Alaska.

Well-Known Schools for Radiology in Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage: The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) offers a five semester Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Radiologic Technology. The program qualifies graduated to apply for work as medical radiographers, and to certify with the AART. Select distance delivered program sites are available in areas such as Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kenai. Individuals in those areas who want to pursue radiologic technology should contact UAA for more information about distance learning.

University of Alaska Fairbanks: The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology in cooperation with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the University of Alaska Career and Technical College. The five-semester program is designed around the requirements for certification with ARRT. Students will have the opportunity to gain over 1200 clinic hours at Fairbanks Memorial, Bassett Army Hospital, and the Tanana Valley Clinic.

Large Employers in Radiology

There are several large hospitals and medical centers in Alaska to which radiologic technologists may want to apply. Population centers with these kinds of facilities employ the largest numbers of radiologic technologists, but small clinics and doctors’ offices in sparse areas may also employ technologists.

Providence Alaska Medical Center, locations in Anchorage, Kodiak Island, Mat-Su Valley, Seward, and Valdez
3200 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
(907) 562-2211

Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage
2801 Debarr Road
Anchorage, AK 99508-2997
(907) 264–1754

Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Fairbanks
1650 Cowles Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau
3260 Hospital Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Sitka Community Hospital, Sitka
209 Moller Avenue
Sitka, Alaska 99835

Professional Organizations

Current or aspiring radiologic technologists in Alaska may seek support from the Alaska Society of Radiologic Technologists (AKSRT), which is the Alaska affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). Individuals seeking jobs for which nationally recognized certification and registration are necessary should also contact the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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