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Vacancy Rates Rise for Radiographers

Apr 26, 2017

The vacancy rate for radiographers increased to 4.2% in 2017, according to the latest ASRT Radiologic Sciences Staffing and Workplace Survey 2017.

The vacancy rates represent the number of positions that are open and actively being recruited. This year’s radiographer vacancy rate is an increase from the 3.4% rate reported in the 2015 staffing survey. Overall, vacancy rates in four of the eight tracked medical imaging disciplines and specialties increased since 2015, with the remaining four areas showing slight decreases:

  • Mammography increased from 2.6% to 2.7&%.
  • Bone densitometry increased from 1% to 1.7%.
  • Cardiovascular-interventional increased from 4.1% to 8.7%.
  • Computed tomography decreased from 4.5% to 4.2%.
  • Sonography decreased from 5.1% to 4.3%.
  • Magnetic resonance decreased from 4.2% to 3.9%.
  • Nuclear medicine decreased from 2.8% to 2.3%.

“From a statistical viewpoint, many of the changes in vacancy rates are not significantly different from the 2015 results; however, the survey results did show a relatively substantial uptick in the vacancy rate for cardiovascular-interventional technologists,” said ASRT Director of Research John Culbertson, M.Ed. “ASRT will conduct the survey again in 2019 to determine if rates change or stay comparably the same.”

In addition to vacancy rates, the report highlights information about workforce turnover and demographics. For example, the average number of full-time radiographers per medical imaging facility increased slightly in 2017 to 8.7, up from 8.4 in 2015. The average number of full-time CT technologists also increased slightly, from 5.5 in 2015 to 5.8 in 2017, as did the number of mammographers, from 4.1 in 2015 to 4.2 in 2017. The average number of sonography, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular-interventional and bone densitometry technologists per facility fell slightly. The average number of full-time MR technologists per facility remained the same at 4.1.

The survey data also highlights various work volume trends. For example, the study revealed the average radiography department has 3.7 machines, sees 11,658 patients per year and performs 20,566 images.

ASRT emailed the survey in February 2017 to 18,002 radiology department managers across the United States. At the close of the survey on March 13, 2017, 947 respondents had submitted completed questionnaires.

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