Careers in Allied Health

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology.

As highly skilled employees in a dynamic and growing field, radiologic technologists (RTs) often work in multiple specialty areas - radiologic technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical sonography, cardiovascular-interventional technology, bone densitometry and mammography. For an excellent description of each of these specialties, visit American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

With a degree in medical imaging from Fort Hays State University, you will develop competence and skills in multiple imaging modalities, which enables you to pursue a wide variety of jobs and compete for higher salaries upon graduation.

Many of our graduates are employed as staff in diagnostic imaging departments in hospitals, but others seek employment in clinics, physician's offices, mobile diagnostic imaging units and industrial health care facilities. Aside from health care positions, you may consider administration, education or becoming a representative or technical adviser for manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment and supplies.

Still not sure about pursuing a degree in medical imaging?  Visit Fort Hays State University’s Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center for more information about other career options.  Feel free to contact us to talk with a faculty advisor about the many opportunities that await you as a medical imaging professional.

FHSU Allied Health graduates - out in the world

Mitch Bartels (1997)
Radiology Supervisor
Norton County Hospital
Phillipsburg, KS

As supervisor of radiology of Norton County Hospital, I have a staff of 3 FTE and one part time employee. We offer in house services of x-ray/fluoro, CT, mammography, & ultrasound. I’ve been advance registered in CT since 1999. Within a small hospital setting, I enjoy the challenges of doing both direct patient care and management. Whether it’s something from exposure or safety class to physics or anatomy, I use at least some aspect of my education in everything I do here. Outside of my clinicals at Hays Medical Center, the only extracurricular activity I participated in was KSRT. Even though I didn’t have many outside activities or internships, I feel that the more experiences you can participate in, the better. There really is no substitute for “hands-on” experiences to grow your career.

Lisa Kanak (1999)
Imaging Supervisor
Scott County Hospital
Scott City, KS

Since graduating, I accepted a job in the imaging department at Scott County Hospital as lead technologist. Aside from performing general Radiology and CT, I was also trained in mammography and bone densitometry and passed my Mammography Registry in 2006. My role has since changed to imaging supervisor. I really enjoy working in a rural community and being able to work in a variety of modalities. I completed a preceptorship in CT and an externship in mammography at Hays Medical Center. In my time at FHSU, I was also a member of the ARTS – Association of Radiologic Technology Students. I enjoyed participating in a variety of intramural sports, as well. The experience I gained during my CT preceptorship and mammo externship were valuable in helping me learn these modalities. I always considered the opportunity to learn a skill in the clinical setting highly effective when compared to just learning it in the classroom.