Job prospects Medical Radiation Technologist in Ontario

Job opportunities for Medical radiation technologists (NOC 3215) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a medical radiation technologist.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Ontario

medical radiation technologist
Prospects over the next 3 years
Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical radiation technologists (NOC 3215) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Close to three-quarters of medical radiation technologists are employed in hospitals. A small portion are also employed in medical and diagnostics laboratories. Employment in this occupation has been steadily increasing in Ontario over the past decade. The increased incidence and prevalence of diseases like cancer will continue to drive the need for medical radiation technologists in detecting and treating these illnesses.

In order to improve health outcomes, the provincial government has embarked on screening programs for the early detection and prevention of some cancers, which could help support job prospects for these professionals. There has also been an increase in the number of sport-related brain injuries over the last few years, which could prompt emergency departments of hospitals to hire additional medical radiation technologists. The health-care needs of a growing and aging population will continue to generate demand for diagnostic imaging services such as MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and may further support the need for medical radiation technologists.

Over the past decade, the province has invested in enhanced screening for newborns, enhanced cancer screening, and shortening wait times for diagnostic procedures for hip/knee replacements, which should create additional demand for these professionals. Investment over the last decade towards reduction of wait times for various patients, including those waiting for cancer radiation therapy, could positively affect the demand for this occupation in the province and may lead to more opportunities in future years. Recent announcements by the provincial government aimed at reducing “hallway medicine” and extended wait times may improve employment opportunities for this profession, as diagnostic imaging is often an important component of medical diagnoses.

However, given that employment opportunities are generally influenced by the level of provincial funding allocated to hospitals and cancer treatment centres, adjustments in funding may affect the level of job creation in this occupation beyond the forecast period. Small increases in operating funding expenditures for public hospitals and radiology services could temper employment opportunities in the future.

In Ontario, medical radiation technologists are regulated by the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO). The use of radiation practices may be applied to a broader range of conditions than in the past. Technologists with knowledge and experience in more than one of the four key specialities of radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine or magnetic resonance may have an improved outlook. While job prospects are favourable, some of the new entrants to this field may have to accept part-time or temporary work when starting their career until full-time positions become available. Also, these health professionals may be required to work various shifts including evenings and weekends based on operational needs, therefore flexibility is an asset.

The number of medical radiation technologists becoming registered with CMRTO jumped sharply in 2017 and 2018 as provincial legislation restricted the use and application of diagnostic ultrasounds to members of the CMRTO. A vast majority of technologists who attain CMRTO certification are trained in Ontario. Medical radiation technologists who have trained in CMRTO approved institutions in other provinces can apply for certification and can be considered as part of the labour pool for Ontario. Internationally trained technologists must meet the requirements for registration as outlined by CMRTO before they can work in Ontario.

Here are some key facts about Medical radiation technologists in the Ontario region:

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