X-ray techs held about 197,000 jobs in 2014. The x-ray tech career outlook is expected to be favorable. X-ray tech employment is expected to increase by about 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. This is faster than the average for all occupations.
This growth in the x-ray tech job outlook is driven by a number of factors including:
- a growing and aging population and consequent need for imaging services
- an increasing success of medical technologies in treating disease, and the resulting increased need for imaging to monitor progress of treatment
- advances in technology which reduce costs and make more imaging options feasible
- a need to replace techs who retire or otherwise leave the occupation
- access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform and this should directionally increase x-ray tech job growth
However, growth may be somewhat tempered by encouragement of the use of less-costly, noninvasive imaging technologies, such as ultrasound. X-ray techs who are willing to relocate and who also are experienced in other diagnostic imaging procedures—such as CT, MR, and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees.