Hit the road with traveling RTs

Dear AuntMinnie.com member,

Depending on whom you talk to, the growing market for traveling radiologic technologists is either a great opportunity for footloose RTs, or a major headache for radiology administrators. AuntMinnie.com explores both sides of the issue in a special two-part series we’re running in conjunction with National Radiologic Technology Week, November 3-9.

RTs who take their skills on the road are finding high demand for their short-term services. The pay is good too -- as much as 50% more than permanent RTs are making. The travel is icing on the cake.

But not everyone sees traveling RTs as a positive force. Some administrators say the bigger paychecks are a real budget-buster. And those higher salaries often don’t sit well with a facility’s permanent RTs, leading to morale problems. As a result, many radiology administrators who use traveling RTs say they are planning to phase them out in the near future. Can they?

For the RT's perspective on travel, go to Part I of our series. To see what radiology administrators think of the trend, check out Part II.

When you’re done, don’t forget to swing by our Minnies voting page, where we have several categories dedicated to radiologic technologists and radiology administrators. If you haven’t already voted, you can do so at http://minnies.auntminnie.com.

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