Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

Here’s the report I found on the BLS website for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians updated for 2008-09, on the outlook for the field. 


2 comments on “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition

  1. How can you go from such a poor outlook as the last one to such a favorable this time? I was hoping the number of programs would go down as people stop looking for this as a career. Oh well.. I’ve been all thru that in me younger days.

  2. Pete,
    When I posted the original article from the “Aheconline blog”, which read:
    Tuesday, March 4, 2008
    “Bureau of Labor Statistics Lowers Estimate for RT Jobs

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics has lowered the demand estimate for RT’s that will be required by the year2016. It now appears that we will be oversupplied by 33% in radiography, 91% in radiation therapy, and 182% in nuclear medicine. They also lowered the projected need for sonographers by 35%. How did this happen?

    It has been difficult for the past two years for graduates of programs to find the type of job that they had envisioned when they started training. Programs continue to open and expand and dump graduates onto a market that is over saturated. How can we get them to stop?

    We constantly compare our field of training to that of nursing, however, we did not take a lesson well in how to compete with them, because they have not overtrained and do not have a surplus and are still in demand. Why don’t we listen?

    We moved our programs to educational institutions where the driving factor is how much state allocations of funds can be obtained to support the school. Are we still in control? Can we lower enrollment? Can we save ourselves?”.

    I have since deleted the article, because the “Aheconline blog”would not reply to where they got the BLS information.
    I decided to post the BLS report I found on their site.

    I believe there is a problem with new programs dumping tech’s into the work force but not as the article stated. The baby boomers, such as myself, will be retiring over the next 5 years, and this will create openings.
    I do agree that enrollments do need to be lowered!!

    Hope things are well at 3D Volumetrics, I’ve made our referring physicians aware of your business, and have past your site on to friends in Pittsburgh PA. I will continue to link to your business, both here and on Dave’s Places In Radiology.

    Take care,

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