RADIOLOGIC TECHNICIANS take x-rays of various parts of a patient's body to detect broken bones, ulcers, tumors, and many other diseases. They prepare patients for x-rays and explain the procedure. They position patient and cover certain areas with a lead shield to prevent too much exposure to radiation. They position x-ray equipment at the correct angle over the part of the body to be x-rayed, place x-ray film underneath, and make the exposure. They then remove and develop the film and give to physician to make a diagnosis. They may use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and other new technology imaging machines and equipment.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $53,000 average per year ($25.50 per hour)
- A large occupation (216,700 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.7% per year)
Preparation for RADIOLOGIC TECHNICIANS is offered in hospitals, colleges and universities, vocational-technical institutes, and the military. Hospitals prefer to hire those with formal training. Programs range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. High school course in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology will be helpful. A bachelor's or master's degree in one of the radiologic technologies is desirable for supervisory, administrative, or teaching positions. Most states require radiologic technicians to be licensed.