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Radiologic Technologist

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Radiology

Radiologic technologists, also referred to as radiographers, produce x ray films of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.Experienced radiographers may perform more complex imaging procedures. For fluoroscopic exams, radiographers prepare a solution of contrast medium for the patient to drink, allowing the radiologist to see the soft tissues in the body. Some radiographers, called CT technologists, operate computerized tomography scanners to produce cross-sectional images of patients. Others operate machines using strong magnets and radio waves rather than radiation to create an image and are called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologists.

Work Settings

More than half of all radiography jobs are in hospitals. Others are in physicians offices and clinics, including diagnostic imaging centers. Although hospitals will remain the primary employer of radiologic technologists, a greater number of newjobs will be found in offices and clinics of physicians, including diagnostic imaging centers.

Education

The educational requirement for a radiographer is an upper division baccalaureate degree program.

Job Outlook

Radiologic technologists and technicians held about 174,000 jobs in 2002. Almost 1 in 5 worked part time. Employment of radiologic technologists and technicians is expected togrow faster than the averagefor all occupations through 2012.

Salary

Median annual earnings of radiologic technologists and technicians were $38,970 in 2002.

Work Schedule

Most full-time radiologic technologists and technicians work about 40 hours a week; they may have evening, weekend, or on-call hours. Opportunities for part-time and shift work also are available.

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