There are a ton of radiology jobs available, but students more interested in working with children may want to pursue a career in pediatric radiology.
Pediatric radiology is a specialty in the broader radiology field, in which medical professionals use a variety of radiation technology to look inside the human body. The practice is essential to many types of medicine and is particularly useful for diagnosing such diseases as cancer.
Those studying pediatric radiology will learn how radiation technology can be used to diagnose and treat diseases in children. According to an article by Education-Portal.com, the easiest path to a career in this field is to participate in a pediatric radiology fellowship program.
However, before that can happen, students must obtain a bachelor's degree and graduate from medical school. Those two programs together typically take about eight years to complete. After graduation, most students complete a medical residency, and then go on to participate in a fellowship.
Unlike a typical degree program, fellowships are meant to offer hands-on training in the student's area of expertise. Aside from attending some classes, students in a pediatric radiology fellowship will learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment, as well as attend seminars and conferences.
Students can expect to learn about and gain first-hand experience in:
- Nuclear medicine
- Interventional radiology
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Computed tomography
- Body imaging
- Cardiac imaging
- Fetal imaging