Some interesting facts about radiology schools in Alabama
- Alabama contributes about 6% of the Radiology institutions in the nation
- The expected job growth for the state of Alabama is expected to be about 28% by the year 2020
- There is only 1 institution offering a bachelor’s degree program in radiology
- There are 6 institutions offering associate degree programs and 3 offering certificate programs on the same
- There are 8 universities and colleges offering degree programs in radiology
- The annual range of tuition for radiology based programs in career schools and community colleges is in-between $5,000 and $12,000
- The annual range of tuition for radiology based programs in universities and colleges is in-between $2,000 and $10,000
How to become a radiology technician in Alabama
Alabama is one of the few states in the United States that do not necessarily require one to be licensed in order to practice radiology. This does not mean that you do not have to be certified by the ARRT (American Registry of Radiology Technologists). Most employers in the state are after individuals that have been certified by the ARRT. Therefore, it is side that one seeks for the ARRT certification before diving into the radiology job sector. In addition to this, you will be required to have graduated from any accredited institution in the state. This means at least 2 years in school and at least another two in your residency. However, for the bachelor’s degree, you will need to attend school for 4 years; 2 in class and 2 in the field. The ARRT certification will need to be renewed every two years in order to maintain your relevance.
Career opportunities for radiology technicians in Alabama
Currently, it is approximated that there are around 3,500 career opportunities in Alabama with an expected growth of 28% by the year 2020. Most of these career opportunities are available in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers and physician offices. There are also quite a number of organizations in Alabama that offer radiology technician positions, most of which are state-owned. In the private sector, there are several doctors who have their own offices in the state and offer career opportunities to new graduates.