Radiological field offers 3 of the 10 highest-paying associate degree options: ZDNet

Surveying the landscape of well-paying jobs in reach of individuals with two-year degrees, a popular technology-business news outlet has found three of the top 10 exist within the radiological sphere.

In a piece published Aug. 2, ZDNet says it used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the highest median annual salaries for careers that, to start at least, typically need more than a high-school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree.

The finalists were many and varied by industry and discipline, so the project team selected its 10 best on largely subjective criteria. All the same, it says something that no other field of professional endeavor matched radiology’s triple placements when it came to catching the judges’ collective eye.

Also, the job descriptions are simplified for a general business-interest readership but may be worth forwarding to recent high-school graduates. Consider:

Diagnostic medical sonographer. Earning potential: $75,380. Comment from the author of the piece, freelance writer Doug Wintemute:   

With an associate in diagnostic medical sonography, students learn about the human body, medical imaging rules and regulations, and how to communicate with patients and medical professionals. They gain familiarity with medical terminology, using imaging technologies and methods for imaging the body. During their training, students must complete extensive clinical experiences under supervision.”


Nuclear medicine technologist. Earning potential: $78,760 (certification required). Author’s comment:

Students in an associate in nuclear medicine technology learn to perform imaging and therapeutic procedures. They study the use of radiation detection systems and radiopharmaceuticals, along with the risks and safety requirements. In addition to coursework, students gain experience working with patients and field equipment during their required hospital observations and clinical training.”


Radiation therapist. Earning potential: $82,790 (certification generally required).

An associate in radiation therapy gives students skills to operate linear accelerators and other machines to treat patients with cancer. They learn radiation dosimetry, computerized treatment planning methods and safety standards. Degree-seekers also study oncology and the physics of radiation, plus patient assessment and communication strategies.”

Read the whole thing.

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