Radiologists are often touted as the best lifestyle job of all the medical specialties. You sit in a dark room and look at images all day long. There are no late hours or call to do because many hospitals use what’s called a NightHawk service where diagnostic images taken at night are sent across the globe to radiologists in Australia, for example, where it’s daylight.
Not only that but this specialty is among the highest paid of all the specialties.
Just how much do radiologists make? A lot !
The median expected salary is $405,950 dollars! If you are just starting out of residency, you might need to start out at $200,000 but after a couple years, you quickly rise to the median level.
The highest reported salary for a radiologist is $911,000!! But it’s unclear if this number was reported by a radiologist or a radiologist who does interventional procedures.
Yesterday, I posted about Psychiatry Salaries and we saw that the graphical trend was very pronounced towards the left with lower salaries. Well, the trend for Radiologist salaries is the exact opposite. It’s quite interesting.
Because it’s one of the best lifestyle fields to go into, it’s also very competitive. If you make it in, expect to do five total years of training.
First, you need to a preliminary year in adult medicine. Many family medicine and internal medicine residency programs offer that one year spot. Afterwards, you do four years of training in diagnostic radiology.
There are many fellowships you can do to sub-specialize even further. Here are some of them:
- nuclear radiology
- radiology informatics
- interventional radiology
Radiologists diagnose disorders based on what they see in a medical image. Often times, there is no patient contact. It is a pretty lucrative position with set hours and no call. If you enjoy being a medical sleuth but not necessarily patient contact, look into this field to see if it suits you.
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