New Mexico – How to Become a Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic science is a growing field across the country, and the number of radiologic science jobs in New Mexico is expected to grow by 6 percent by the year 2031.

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Jobs in this field also tend to pay well in New Mexico, with an average state salary among radiologic technology professionals that is above the national average for these careers. With these positive figures in mind, current and aspiring radiologic technologists should keep New Mexico in mind when looking for education and employment.

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Radiology Requirements in New Mexico

The state of New Mexico requires all radiologist assistants, radiologic technologists, nuclear medicine technicians, radiation therapists, and fusion imaging technicians to pass the state exam or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam. Radiologic science professionals who have passed a state exam outside New Mexico may practice in New Mexico if the original state has the same requirements for licensure. Limited license X-ray technicians must pass the ARRT limited scope exam or complete a state-approved certification course. In addition, all radiologic science professionals must fulfill a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education credits every two years to remain licensed.

Radiologic Technology Schools in New Mexico

University of New Mexico: The largest university in New Mexico also has one of the best programs in the state for radiologic science. Currently, the school offers two Bachelor of Science (BS) programs as well as two certificate programs. The two-degree programs are a BS of Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Nuclear Medicine, and a BS of Radiologic Sciences with a concentration in Radiography. The two certificate programs train students in Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Advanced Imaging. Doña Ana Community College: Doña Ana Community College (DACC) is an affiliate campus of New Mexico State University. This school offers a two-year Associate of Science (AS) degree in Radiologic Technology. Students in this program will receive hands-on training in a variety of clinical locations in the region. Students will be prepared to take the ARRT exam, and DACC has an active student radiologic technology club that helps to foster pre-professional development.

Other Schools to Consider Radiologic Technology Program

Central New Mexico Community College: Central New Mexico Community College is located in the lovely city of Albuquerque and has a five-term (approximately two-year) Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology program. A community college is an affordable way to earn a degree in this well-paying field. Pima Medical Institute: The Pima Medical Institute is a medical career college, with campuses around the western United States. The Pima program in radiologic technology is available through the campus in Albuquerque. Students in this program can be confident of receiving a curriculum that has been in place for many years and meets standards across different states. The school also offers a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences as an online degree-completion program.

Large Employers in Radiology

Major hospitals and medical centers are the largest single employers of radiologic science professionals. The state of New Mexico has two hospitals – both in the Albuquerque area – that have been nationally ranked by the US News & World Report.

University Hospital
2211 Lomas Boulevard NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-2745
(505) 272-2111

Presbyterian Hospital
1100 Central Avenue SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-4934
(505) 841-1234

Physicians Medical Center of Santa Fe
2990 Rodeo Park Dive East
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 428-5400

Heart Hospital of New Mexico
504 Elm Street NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 724-2000

Nor Lea General Hospital
1600 North Main
Lovington, NM 88260
(575) 396-6611

Dr. Dan C Trigg Memorial Hospital
301 East Miel de Luna
Tucumcari, NM 88401
(575) 461-7000

Mountain View Regional Medical Center
4311 East Lohman Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88011
(575) 556-7600

Salaries for Radiologists

In New Mexico, the average annual salary is $68,680, with the lowest 10% earning $53,120 or less and the highest 10% earning $98,270 or more. Nationally, the average salary is $73,410, with the lowest 10% earning $50,020 or less and the highest 10% earning $102,380 or more. This data highlights the differences in wages between New Mexico and the national average, and it also breaks down salaries by percentiles for further detail.

National vs. Local Salaries

Location Average Salary 10% Earn Less Than 10% Earn More Than
United States $73,410 $50,020 $102,380
New Mexico $68,680 $53,120 $98,270

Salaries and Percentiles by Region

Region 10% Earn Less Than 25% Earn Less Than Median Salary 75% Earn More Than 10% Earn More Than
United States $50,020 $60,690 $73,410 $84,670 $102,380
New Mexico $53,120 $61,390 $68,680 $80,350 $98,270
Albuquerque, NM $60,560 $62,210 $72,800 $80,350 $98,940
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area $51,210 $58,630 $64,020 $77,150 $83,670
Las Cruces, NM $46,130 $53,310 $62,810 $72,130 $88,680
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area $53,120 $64,240 $71,910 $86,670 $99,730
Santa Fe, NM $51,530 $64,310 $73,990 $79,910 $102,780

Radiologic technologist Trends in New Mexico

In New Mexico, there were 1,500 employees in 2020, projected to grow to 1,700 by 2030, representing a 13% increase, with 130 annual job openings. Nationally, there were 222,800 employees in 2022, projected to grow to 235,000 by 2032, a 6% increase, with 13,100 annual job openings.

Employment Trends

Location Year Employment Projected Employment Growth Annual Job Openings
New Mexico 2020 1,500 1,700 13% 130
United States 2022 222,800 235,000 6% 13,100

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Professional Organizations

The New Mexico Society of Radiologic Technologists is the state affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). This organization puts on annual conferences for its members and helps radiologic science professionals stay abreast of the latest legislation, education requirements, and other factors that may affect their professional life.

JRCERT Accredited Radiography Programs in New Mexico

Central New Mexico Community College – Radiography

525 Buena Vista SE, Albuquerque NM 87106
Tel: (505) 224-4000
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 48 months
Tuition Fees: $1,440 Resident, $3,240 Non-resident

Clovis Community College – Radiography

417 Schepps Boulevard, Clovis NM 88101
Tel: (575) 769-4997
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 48 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 92%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 98%  Job Placement Rate: 90%
Tuition Fees: $975 Resident, $2,225 Non-resident

Doña Ana Community College – Radiography

MSC 3DA P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces NM 88003-8001
Tel: (575) 527-7581
Program Name: Radiologic Technology
Program Type: Associate of Science
Duration: 57 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 95%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 82%  Job Placement Rate: 100%
Tuition Fees: $1,560 Resident, $4,968 Non-resident

Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque – Radiography

4400 Cutler Avenue NE, Albuquerque NM 87110
Tel: (505) 881-1234
Program Name: Radiography
Program Type: Associate of Applied Science
Duration: 93 months
Program Effectiveness: Completion Rate: 86%  Credential Examination Pass Rate: 83%  Job Placement Rate: 91%
Tuition Fees: $15,687 Resident, $15,687 Non-resident