Top X-Ray Technician Schools in Alabama

The X Ray Technician career field in Alabama is seeing a promising upward trend in growth. There is an increase in the need for certified X Ray Technicians. As the population ages, demand for professionals in all health care related fields is expected to rise. There are many good programs in Alabama for students to receive training and certification as an X Ray Technician. Professional X Ray Technicians also earn a better than average salary in Alabama.

Accredited X-Ray Technician Schools in Alabama

Alabama students can find programs to earn degrees and certification in X Ray technology from several schools. They include Jefferson State Community College, George C. Wallace Community College in Hanceville and Dothan, University of South Alabama, Southern Union State Community College and Gadsden State Community College. Students have choices to earn their Radiology Technology Certificate or an associates or bachelors degree.

How To Get Certified in Alabama

The only requirement in Alabama to practice as an X Ray Technician is for students to receive certification through the state Radiation Control Program. This is a certificate that is valid for five years. Some employers may require special classes, training or certification, depending on the requirements for the specific job technicians are seeking.

Some certification programs are voluntary and include those through the American Registry of X-Ray Technicians (AART). Some employers prefer that newly hired technologists have the AART certification. By 2015, those seeking this certificate will need to have earned an associate of science degree or higher degree.

Salaries For Certified X Ray Technicians in Alabama

Salaries for certified X Ray Technicians in Alabama range from about $30,000 a year to about $60,000. This is higher than many average salaries in the state for other health care related occupations. The median pay for X Ray Technicians in Alabama is about $42,000 to $45,000. Salaries of $60,000 or above are slightly higher than the national average for this career field. Salaries earned often depend on how much education and training students have received.

Job Outlook For X Ray Technicians in Alabama

Health care jobs and X Ray Technician jobs are expected to grow at a faster than average rate at least through 2022 nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth in Alabama is expected to follow this trend. Graduates of school programs leading to certification as X Ray Technicians can expect to find jobs in hospitals, doctor's offices, medical clinics and healthcare facilities.

There is also a well-respected statewide professional organization in Alabama called the Alabama Academy of Radiology (AAR). Members of this organization are employed throughout the state as diagnostic radiologists, nuclear radiologists, medical physicists and radiation oncologists.

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X-Ray Technician Campuses In Alabama

Baptist Medical Center South2169 Normandie Drive
Montgomery, AL, 36111
DCH Regional Medical Center809 University Blvd., East
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401
Gadsden State Community CollegeP.O. Box 227
Gadsden, AL, 35902-0227
George C. Wallace Community College1141 Wallace Drive
Dothan, AL, 36303
Huntsville Hospital101 Sivley Road
Huntsville, AL, 35801
Jefferson State Community College4600 Valleydale Road
Birmingham, AL, 35242
Shelby-Hoover Campus
Physicians Medical Center Carraway1600 Carraway Boulevard
Birmingham, AL, 35234
Southern Union State Community College1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, AL, 36801
University of Alabama at BirminghamSHPB 437
1705 University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL, 35294-1212
University of South Alabama1504 Springhill Avenue, Suite 2515
Mobile, AL, 36604-3273
Wallace State Community CollegeP.O. Box 2000
Hanceville, AL, 35077-2000