Members of this profession mainly work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, and FDA/ACR-accredited diagnostic imaging centers under the supervision of board-certified radiologists. Most full-time mammographers work about 40 hours per week. They may, however, have evening and weekend hours. Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available.
According to the 2015 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Radiologic Technologists held about 230,600 jobs in the United States in 2014, with over 45,000 of those professionals specializing in Mammography. With a continued focus on increased awareness regarding the need for screening mammograms and early detection of tumors and other abnormalities in the breasts, employment in this profession is expected to grow approximately 9 percent – through the year 2024.
The Mammography advanced certificate is a one-semester, seven-credit program that includes the core clinical procedures necessary to establish eligibility for ARRT Mammography certification. The Mammography program has a limited enrollment and is offered once a year, during the Fall semester, with a July 1st deadline. In order to be considered for admission to this program, students must be graduates of an accredited Radiography program.
For questions about the program, contact program coordinator Sue Bertellotti at (630) 942-2349. For information about Mammography, visit the following web sites:
- Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology (ACERT.org)
- The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT.org)
- The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT.org)
- The Illinois Society of Radiologic Technologist (ISSRT.org)
- Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP.org)
- ACS Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2015-2016