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Magnetic Resonance Technologist

Magnetic resonance technologists operate medical diagnostic equipment. This equipment uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the body.

  • Avg. Salary $77,016.00
  • Avg. Wage $41.24
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 2,900
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Magnetic Imaging Technologist, Health Care Technologist, Medical Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Medical Radiation Technologists (3215) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Medical Radiation Technologists (D215) 
  • 2011 NOC: Medical radiation technologists (3215) 
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Magnetic Resonance Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Medical Radiation Technologists
OBJECTIVE

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

METHODICAL

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

INNOVATIVE

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Magnetic resonance technologists use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to help:

  • study all areas of the body (most commonly the brain and joints)
  • study the vascular system (arteries, veins and capillaries)
  • find and study tumours.

In general, magnetic resonance technologists:

  • explain procedures to patients and their families and answer questions
  • provide emotional support
  • take medical histories and screen patients (to make sure the procedure is safe for them)
  • prepare patients for the procedure
  • provide care during the procedure (when needed)
  • perform the technical steps to produce quality diagnostic images and data
  • inject contrast media (when needed)
  • troubleshoot technical problems
  • share findings with other health care providers
  • train student technologists
  • help educate other health care providers
  • follow strict safety procedures and rules as well as infection control measures (to ensure safety of patients, staff and visitors)
  • keep records and compile research data.

Magnetic resonance technologists work closely with other health care providers and admin personnel.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Magnetic resonance technologists work in hospitals and clinics. They work quickly and spend a lot of time on their feet. They may have to help lift or transfer patients to imaging equipment. Dealing with very sick patients can be stressful.

Working hours vary. They may include extended shifts at all times of the day. In hospital settings, technologists are sometimes on call.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Magnetic resonance technologists need to possess:

  • a sense of responsibility
  • a high degree of integrity
  • patience and the ability to adapt
  • sensitivity
  • the ability to put people at ease
  • an interest in science and technology
  • the ability to be accurate
  • the ability to be organized
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the ability to think critically
  • willingness to keep up their skills and knowledge
  • speaking and listening skills
  • the ability to work well on a team
  • the ability to handle stressful situations.

They should enjoy:

  • using equipment to perform precise tasks
  • working with the public
  • having procedures and standards for their work
  • compiling data for research and statistics.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Magnetic resonance technologists need a diploma in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It must be recognized by the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT). For a current list of approved programs, visit the ACMDTT website. Another way to qualify is to complete both:

  • an accredited MRI certificate program
  • an accredited diploma in one of:
    • medical radiology
    • diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound)
    • nuclear medicine
    • radiation therapy.

Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

British Columbia Institute of Technology


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Medical Radiation Technologist

Medical radiation technologists apply ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to produce diagnostic images, evaluate the technical sufficiency of such images, use ionizing radiation and other forms of energy for treatment purposes, and take part in patient care through interdisciplinary, peer and public education, patient counselling, radiation protection, management and related research.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation, only registered members of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) may call themselves a magnetic resonance technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, radiological technologist or radiation therapist. Registered members provide health services listed in Schedule 12 of the Health Professions Act.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved program of studies and (2) an approved examination. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACMDTT website or contact the ACMDTT registrar.

Working in Alberta

Medical radiation technologists and therapists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered practitioners in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated medical radiation technologists and therapists, see Electroneurophysiology Technologist Registration ProcessMagnetic Resonance Technologist Registration ProcessNuclear Medicine Technologist Registration ProcessRadiation Therapist Registration Process and Radiological Technologist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

Contact Details

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
#800, 4445 Calgary Trail
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T6H 5R7
Phone number: 780-487-6130
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-282-2165
Fax number: 780-432-9106
Website: www.acmdtt.com

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Magnetic resonance technologists work in large urban hospitals and clinics. Without further education, prospects for advancement are limited.

Magnetic resonance technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3215: Medical radiation technologists. In Alberta, 94% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry [pdf].

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the D215: Medical Radiation Technologists occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.9% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 94 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

Medical radiation technologists

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $33.87 $42.35 $36.08 $33.98
Overall $37.25 $48.51 $41.24 $40.47
Top $44.75 $54.66 $46.81 $44.75

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

16%
16%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

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Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

24%
24%

Vacancy Rate

5%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website: www.acmdtt.com

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists website: www.camrt.ca

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

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Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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