As a follow up to our 2020 radiology jobs and trends outlook, here’s the latest on how the industry is tracking.
Back in late 2019, Gorilla Jobs put together a comprehensive overview of where radiology jobs were tracking around opportunities, salaries and trends in the profession.
Fast forward to the middle of 2021, notwithstanding the impact COVID-19 has had on healthcare jobs more broadly, there have been some notable changes.
The state of the profession: Radiology
For those new to radiology or considering it as a profession, the key tasks are specified as:
Examining internal structures and functions of organ systems, and considers x-ray findings and other examinations and tests.
Making diagnoses and advises patients, physicians, surgeons or other doctors.
Administering radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas, to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscope screens.
Conducting ultrasound, gamma camera, radioisotope scans and CT scanning.
While there isn’t any current hard data on numbers since our 2019 update, the trends are clear.
In the first half of the last decade, the number of radiologists grew by nearly 17%, with future growth expected to be very strong. Most work full-time at an above-average rate of 79%, the average age of workers is 44 (higher than the average of 40) and the gender mix is male 65% to female 31%, well below the average of females at 48%. The majority of radiologist jobs (76%) are on the eastern seaboard, and according to payscale, the annual wage can range from $120K up to as high as $600K.
The state of the profession: Medical Imaging/Sonography
Medical Imaging and Sonography staff are those who operate diagnostic equipment crucial to the profession. Their key tasks include:
Receiving referrals from Medical Practitioners
Determining the appropriate equipment to use
Calculating details of procedures
Explaining procedures to patients
Ensuring patients’ welfare during procedures
Positioning patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures
Viewing the screen and deciding if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes,
Conveying findings of procedures to Medical Practitioners
Unlike their radiologist colleagues, numbers in the medical imaging profession contracted in recent times. However, this looks set to change, with future job growth slated as very strong and the workforce potentially expanding 10% by 2025. The medical imaging salary range is between $72k and $142K, with 66% working full-time mostly in the eastern states (80%). The average age is relatively young at 37 years and the gender mix is heavily skewed to females at 71%.
Post-COVID jobs market
Many may be wondering how COVID-19 affected the radiology jobs and medical imaging jobs workforce.
Just as with all healthcare jobs, the pandemic created massive challenges for healthcare delivery. Telehealth and its inclusion (now permanent) on the MBS made a huge difference to GPs by ensuring they could still offer this important aspect of primary care. Teleradiology had been in place prior to the pandemic, so radiology and medical imaging professionals were able to continue to practice this at an even greater rate during this period.
As we pivot back to something more resembling “normal” life, or, rather, a post-COVID life, Gorilla jobs is seeing solid job demand throughout the industry, particularly for medical imaging. This means it’s a great time to be considering changing jobs if it’s been on your mind, and we are only too happy to help out.
RANZCR and ADIA federal budget response
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologist (RANZCR)issued a press release after the May 2021 budget, outlining what the budget means for the industry.
While it applauded the $7.2M commitment to a new eReferral system and initiatives to expand or continue cancer screening and treatment, RANZCR held concerns about “efficiency savings” of $107M over four years for MRI scans. This will effectively cut subsidies, which could lead to detrimental health outcomes around patient hesitancy at the higher cost they must bear.
The Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (ADIA) also responded to the budget, noting the “good and bad”.
On the good side, the ADIA welcomed the unfreezing of indexation for MRI scans, which “brings MRI onto the same page as x-ray, ultrasound, mammography, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology and CT scans.” However, it sided with the RANZCR when it came to the “efficiency savings”, while also hoping to see an unfreezing of rebates for nuclear medicine and PET scans.
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