Career In Radiology

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Asher Miller
Mr. Klempner
English 12-1
28 February 2018
As culture continues to evolve, the use of diagnostic imaging in the medical field progresses to assist patients in identifying the source of their illness. Radiologists utilize various technologies in this ever-advancing field to diagnose the maladies in patients from all aspects of life. After years of education and training, radiologists can work in a variety of settings, in which they read scans and determine what is wrong with a patient while acquiring many benefits in the process.
As with any career in the medical field, radiologists must engage in years of education and learning to both increase their knowledge and gain valuable experience on how to operate and interpret
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After their first year of work after their residency training, radiologists made an average income of $349,000. After six years in the field, the average income of a radiologist increased to approximately $450,000. These figures illustrate how valuable experience is in the medical field, especially in a diagnostic career like radiology. Radiologists “are the third highest paid medical specialty,” with a “little over 16% earning $500,000 or more.” 58% of radiologists feel satisfied with their income, which is higher than other physicians, of which only 48% expressed content with their salary. Radiologists’ retirement age varies, with the majority ending their career in the field around 65 years of age. The money they have for retirement changes based on how much they saved throughout their career, but the majority have between four to six million dollars to live out the rest of their life (“How to become a Radiologist”). Aside from a high salary, radiologists also enjoy advantages such as patient care, a typical schedule, a flexible environment, and a certain degree of job…show more content…
For introverted people, the amount of patient interaction is an advantage. Compared to other physicians, radiologists spend much less time talking and explaining situations to patients., with the majority spending “less than 30 hours with patients per week.” Due to the lack of patient interaction, radiologists enjoy the “least amount of paperwork and ‘cumbersome chores’ in comparison to other medical specialties” (Salem 1588). As a radiologist, one also enjoys flexibility with their schedule, which is beneficial especially when one wants to spend time with family or go on vacation. Radiologists can attribute the schedules to the increasing mobilization of radiology. Blue Pearl, one of the premier veterinary specialty clinics in the nation, in Australia to read radiographs during the night for emergency cases, which allows the radiologists who work during the day to stay home and rest. Similarly, Mason Savage, a veterinary radiologist, reads radiographs from Norway and Finland for two hours after his shift each day as a part-time job. The mobilization of medicine allows radiologists to work from all over the world, whether they are in a hospital or the comforts of their home. Radiologists also possess an “isolated skillset, compared to other physicians, who have some degree of overlap in their respective fields” (Savage Interview). The isolation and complexity of skill leads to increased job security and a
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