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Radiologic Technologists

Radiologic Technologists
Quick Facts : Radiologic Technologists*
2010 Median Pay$54,340
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012219,900
Job Outlook28% (Faster than average)
Employment Change61,000

Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. They specialize in x-ray, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment. Sometimes they are called CT technicians or MRI technicians, depending on the equipment they work with. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

What Radiologic Technologists Do

  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in the location needed to get the correct image
  • Work with radiologists reading the images to determine whether other images need to be taken

Work Environment

Most radiologic technologists work in hospitals. Some work in physicians' offices or imaging clinics.
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Job Outlook

Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to grow by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020.
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The average salary of radiologic technologists was $54,340 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Radiologic Technologists

There are formal training programs in radiography that lead to a certificate, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree. Associate's degree programs are the most common. Certificate programs typically last 6 to 12 months. Typical programs include both classroom training and clinical training.
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