Q: What do you do?
A: Yes, I went to Southern Maine Community College for two years and received an associate degree in Radiologic Technology
Q: What is a day in the life of your job? Does it change day to day?
A: I work in an Orthopaedic office so my day includes taking quality images for physicians to diagnosis and treat patients. I also help out with general office work and help doctors with patient care including suture removal, application and removal of casts and splints, working on patients that have had surgery. It changes everyday.
Q: Do you work with the public?
A: Yes, everyday!
Q: Does your profession require travel?
A: I do not travel but you can become a traveling Radiologic Technologist who would be sent to different hospitals and clinics to fill in for however long they need you.
Q: What is the typical schedule/hours?
A: I work in an office so my hours are 8:30 -5:00 Mon – Fri. If you work in a hospital you could work different shifts and any day including nights and weekends.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Helping patients get better and working with the physicians. It is nice to be in an office setting because you get to know the patients and physicians more on a personal level, it is nice to see the same patients come back in the office and remember you.
Q: Is there anything you dislike about your job?
A: No! I love what I do and where I work!
Q: What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?
A: You should definitely try to job shadow for a few days to see what it is like. It is also helpful to add a year of schooling before starting the program to finish the core classes needed (english, math, etc) so when you get to the technical courses you can just focus on those. It is less overwhelming that way.
Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?
A: Yes, although I have always wanted to learn Cat Scan. Unfortunately it is hard to find an office job for that. Cat Scan is mostly done in the hospital. I am fortunate to have found an office job in Orthopaedics. Radiology can include so much anatomy and I especially like focusing on bones which is what Orthopaedics is and not so much the imaging of organs.
Q: . Is your job found all over the country?
A: Yes, it is a great skill to have because you can take it anywhere. I could go across the country or even a different country and take a knee xray which would be the same as it would be here. Equipment can be different but not hard to learn.
Q: Is your profession fun ?
A: Yes, there can be days that are challenging but are also rewarding.