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Radiologic Technologist and Technician
Radiologic technologists take x rays and administer nonradioactive materials into patients' bloodstreams for diagnostic purposes.
The Job
Radiologic technologists also referred to as radiographers, produce x-ray films (radiographs) of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing jewelry and other articles through which x rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.
Work Environment
Physical stamina is important in this occupation because technologists are on their feet for long periods and may lift or turn disabled patients.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Preparation for this profession is offered in hospitals, colleges and universities, and less frequently at vocational-technical institutes.
Personality traits helpful for this career
They must pay attention to detail, follow instructions, and work as part of a team.
Quick Facts
  • Employment is projected to grow faster than average, and job opportunities are expected to be favorable.
  • Formal training programs in radiography are offered in hospitals, colleges and universities, and less frequently at vocational-technical institutes; range in length from 1 to 4 years; and lead to a ce
  • Although hospitals will remain the primary employer, a number of new jobs will be found in physicians' offices and diagnostic imaging centers.
Compensation and Outlook
The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $52,210 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,710 and $63,010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,970.
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