As an MRI technician you operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create 3D images of a patient's body tissues, which physicians then use as an aid to diagnosis. As a skilled MRI technician you may choose to specialize in pediatrics, cardiac, neurological or intraoperative imaging. Due largely to the aging population’s increased need for health care services your job is secure as an MRI Technologist.
As an MRI technician your job involves substantial physical activity and requires good health and stamina. You may need to lift or assist patients who are moving from gurneys and wheelchairs onto the scanner table or position body parts or pieces of equipment. Attention to detail is one of your greatest assets. MRI technicians need to follow physician instructions meticulously in order to obtain clear, useful images. Your empathy and communication skills help you gain the cooperation of patients who are in pain or experiencing claustrophobia. An Associates degree and certification is needed to be an MRI Technologist.
To prepare for your interview you'll want to have your Certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) handy or your MRI technicians license administered by the state or ARRT. Consider a mock interview with a friend or family member showing you've prepared for the interview. Have your elevator speech planned for explaining your strengths and weaknesses and how you work with others.