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Overall, employment for radiologic technologists is expected to grow faster than the average through 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Major reasons for this growth are the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, which has allowed more people to become eligible for health insurance; the development of new technologies, which are making many imaging modalities less expensive and more apt to be performed by radiologic technicians; and the increasing elderly population in the United States, which will create a need for radiologic technologists' services. The demand for qualified technologists in some areas of the country far exceeds the supply. This shortage is particularly acute in rural areas and small towns. Those who are willing to relocate to these areas may improve their chances of landing a job. Radiologic technologists who are trained to do more than one type of imaging procedure will also find that they have increased job opportunities. Those specializing in CT and MRI should have better odds of securing work as these are being increasingly used as diagnostic tools.
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