Radiologists

Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

Median Annual Wage: $187,200

Education: Post-doctoral training (68%); Bachelor's degree (11%); Doctoral degree (10%)

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

Related Job Titles: Physician; Attending Radiologist; Diagnostic Radiologist; Interventional Neuroradiologist; Interventional Radiologist; Neuroradiologist; Radiologist; Radiology Resident; Staff Radiologist; Radiologist, Chief of Breast Imaging

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiologists.

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  • Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
  • Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.
  • Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
  • Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
  • Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
  • Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
  • Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
  • Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.
  • Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.
  • Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.
  • Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.
  • Develop or monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images.
  • Recognize or treat complications during and after procedures, including blood pressure problems, pain, oversedation, or bleeding.
  • Administer radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.
  • Supervise and teach residents or medical students.
  • Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, and infection control.
  • Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
  • Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
  • Participate in research projects involving radiology.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiologists.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Radiologists.

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