Who Wouldn’t Want to Be a Radiologist?

This post was contributed by Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, vice chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors.

Dr.McGinty(updated)You don’t have to tell me that it’s great to be a radiologist, but a new CNNMoney/PayScale study did.

The survey declared that being a Radiologist ranks 45th out of 100 occupations as one of the “Best Jobs in America,” with “big growth, great pay and satisfying work.” For me, the most important one is the satisfying work: we are vital to the health care team, providing invaluable services and creating a culture of high-value, patient-centered care.

According to the study, being a Radiologist ranks below Dentist and immediately above Career Counselor. I’m not sure what that says, but the study does project a 10-year job growth of 15 percent for us, ranking the specialty as one of the best career paths to pursue. As an aside, other medical professionals listed include Hospital Administrator (8th), General Practice Physician (75th) and Anesthesiologist (100th).

“Being a strong collaborator is helpful,” notes the study, “since the job often involves consulting with other doctors.” A Radiologist’s quality of life ratings include personal satisfaction (“A”), benefit to society (“A”) and low stress (“B”).

Surveys like this are beneficial since they let others know of the importance and appeal of radiology — hopefully drawing a diverse group of medical students to the specialty.

If you know medical students, please share information about the Nth Dimensions/ACR Radiology Summer Internship Program for first-year gender and ethnic minority students. The application deadline is tight (Jan. 31). Summer interns will work with experienced radiologists, gaining valuable first-hand clinical and research experience.

  • What would you tell medical students — Why are you happy to be a radiologist?
  • How do you rank your quality of life ratings — in personal satisfaction, benefit to society and low stress?
  • How can we get more — and a diverse group — of medical students interested in radiology?

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