Computed tomography technicians, or CT techs, are allied health professionals who specialize in computerized X-ray imaging procedures. CT techs operate CT equipment to produce cross-section internal images of patients’ bodies for diagnosing various medical issues. Becoming a CT tech can be a fulfilling career choice with job security and above average pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow 7% between 2019 and 2029.
CT Tech salary CT techs are radiologic technologists who specialize in computed tomography. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiologic techs in staff positions earned an average annual salary of $60,510 in 2019. This salary translates to about $1,164 per week and $29.10 per hour when working a 40-hour week. Travel CT techs can expect to earn more than their on-staff counterparts. According to NurseFly, travel CT techs earned an average gross weekly salary of $1,826 that same year. Travel allied health salaries include taxable pay and non-taxable stipends for housing, meals, and other incidentals. However, only travel health professionals with a permanent tax home can claim tax-free compensations, otherwise the entire salary is taxed.
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What are the best agencies for CT Tech jobs?
The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most CT Tech jobs are Med Travelers (159), Club Staffing (159), and Cross Country Allied (117).
How Much Do CT Tech Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on NurseFly as of Wednesday, April 21st 2021, the average weekly salary for a CT Technologist is $1,893, but can pay up to $2,717 per week.
- min - $1,100
- avg - $1,893
- max - $2,717
What does a CT tech do?
CT techs perform diagnostic imaging tests to create detailed images of bones, internal organs, and soft tissues to help diagnose diseases, evaluate internal injuries, monitor the effectiveness of treatments, or guide procedures like surgeries or biopsies. CT techs also prepare patients for these procedures, which includes correctly positioning them to capture required images and explaining the entire process. Other common tasks for CT techs include:
Interpreting doctors’ scanning instructions
Administering contrast materials
Monitoring patients for allergic reactions
Reviewing images to identify health complications
Ensuring radiologic equipment is sterile and in good working order
Providing reassurance and support to patients
After scanning is accomplished, CT techs complete image reconstructions and other post-scan procedures. Once everything is finalized, they share their findings with other members of the medical team.
Where do CT techs work?
CT technicians usually work in hospitals and diagnostic imaging centers. They may also work in various laboratories, clinics, outpatient centers, and private practice offices. Some CT techs are also trained to operate x-ray machines and/or mammogram equipment, which may allow them to work in more than one area of a medical facility.
What skills make a good CT tech?
Strong technical skills, advanced knowledge of diagnostic imaging and imaging equipment, and a detailed understanding of human anatomy are all fundamental skills of a good CT tech. They must be adept at written and oral communication to effectively interpret doctors’ scanning orders and verbally explain the scanning process to patients. An exceptional CT tech has a soothing demeanor, always demonstrates compassion and patience, and has excellent interpersonal skills to put patients at ease throughout their procedures.
How to become a Travel CT Tech
Due to the technical skills involved, becoming a CT tech requires a certain amount of education. Prospective technicians must first earn an associate or a bachelor’s degree in a radiologic technology program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Graduates can then pursue certification through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, including certification in radiology and computed tomography. Although ARRT certification is voluntary, some states include it as a licensure requirement. Over 75% of states require a state license for radiology and CT technicians. Some CT tech training programs also require ARRT certification prior to admission. Employers often prefer hiring technicians who’ve completed a CT technology certificate program. Travel CT tech employers usually require proven CT technologist experience within the last two years and some require Basic Life Support certification.