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Radiologic Technologist

What they do:

Radiologic technologists perform medical imaging exams and administer radiation therapy treatments. With the help of various imaging technologies, these professionals take pictures of a patient’s body for radiologists, who will then interpret the images. Radiologic technologists often specialize in a particular examination technique, such as mammography or bone densitometry. These professionals can also assist oncology teams in delivering radiation therapy to cancer patients.


Most radiologic technologists get an associate degree, though there are also bachelor’s degree programs available. A student’s coursework will include anatomy, patient positioning, radiation safety and basic patient care, among other subjects. After graduating, they’ll need to take and pass a national certification exam. A state-specific license and continuing education credits are also requirements for working in the field.

What they make:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiologic technologists was $58,120 in May 2015.

Where they work:

Most radiologic technologists are employed at state, local and private hospitals, physicians’ offices and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiologic technologists is projected to grow 9% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making diagnoses.



Updated February 2017