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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.

Qualifications:

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.

Outlook:

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.

 

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm

Updated February 2017