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Radiographer Vacancy Rate Declines Slightly

Nov 20, 2013

The vacancy rate for radiographers declined slightly to 1.7 percent in 2013, according to the latest ASRT Radiologic Sciences Workplace and Staffing Survey.

The vacancy rate represents the number of positions that are open and actively being recruited. The 2013 staffing survey results show that the vacancy rates for some medical imaging specialty areas increased since 2011, while others dropped by small margins:

 

  • The vacancy rate for computed tomography technologists increased from 2 percent to 2.7 percent.
  • The rate for magnetic resonance technologists increased from to 2.5 percent to 3 percent.
  • The rate for cardiovascular-interventional technologists increased from 3.5 percent to 5.2 percent.
  • The rate for mammographers decreased from 1.7 percent to 1.4 percent.
  • The rate for nuclear medicine technologists decreased from 1.4 percent to 1.3 percent.
  • The rate for sonographers decreased from 3.4 percent to 2.6 percent.

 

“Even though the survey results show an uptick in vacancy rates for some practice areas, overall vacancy rates remain low,” said ASRT Chief Academic Officer Myke Kudlas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(QM). “It appears to be an indicator that the country is still experiencing difficult economic times and the job market remains tight for radiologic technologists.”

In addition to vacancy rates, the survey data highlights various workplace-staffing trends. For example, the average number of full-time radiographers per medical imaging facility in 2013 stands at 9.2, closely mirroring the 9.3 average reported in 2011.

The statistics are similar for other medical imaging practice areas. The average number of full-time CT technologists per facility fell from 5.6 in 2011 to 5.4 in 2013. The number of full-time technologists working in magnetic resonance, mammography and nuclear medicine also slightly dropped from 2011 to 2013.

The report also highlights information about facility exam levels, the impact of technology on the profession, staff clinical skills and daily practice.

For instance, the study revealed that the average medical imaging facility has 4.5 x-ray machines and examines 20,326 patients each year. In comparison, facilities have an average of two CT scanners per facility and examine 10,279 CT patients annually.

In August 2013, ASRT e-mailed the survey to 16,184 department managers and directors of U.S. hospital-based radiology departments. At the close of the survey on Sept. 30, 2013, 1,115 respondents submitted completed questionnaires.

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