Radiologic Technologists

Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

Median Annual Wage: $55,870

Education: Associate's degree (63%); Post-secondary certificate (24%); Professional degree (6%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Radiographer; Radiologic Technologist (RT); MRI Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist); Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Technologist); Mammographer; Radiology Technologist; Mammography Technologist; Radiological Technologist; Staff Technologist; X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiologic Technologists.

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  • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
  • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
  • Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
  • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
  • Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
  • Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiologic Technologists.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiologic Technologists.

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