Career Tracks: Radiologic Technology

Radiographers use their knowledge of physics and human anatomy to create permanent medical images used by the physician in making a diagnosis. Radiographers use "high-tech" equipment to produce these images in a variety of settings inside and outside of the hospital.

Duties

Graduates in this field may be required to:

  • operate imaging (x-ray) or other equipment used to detect, diagnose or treat disease
  • prepare and position patients for examination and treatment
  • calculate exposure factors and evaluate radiographs for technical quality
  • assume care for physical and psychological needs of patients during examinations and procedures
  • practice aseptic techniques as necessary
  • develop exposed x-ray film
  • assist physician with imaging procedures
  • initiate life support measures for patients, if necessary
  • may maintain patient records
     

Working Conditions

Graduates in this field commonly experience:

  • work in cooperation with others
  • work under little direct supervision
  • work inside (hospitals, clinic, physician's office)
  • deal with patients of all types in a variety of settings
  • work under stress to meet deadlines
  • overtime/nights/weekends sometimes required
  • come in contact with blood and other body secretions
     

Physical Demands

  • active: much standing, moving about, carrying, walking
  • lifting up to 100 lbs.
     

Characteristics & Temperament

Graduates in this field should have:

  • good oral communication skills
  • good written communication skills
  • ability to work well numbers
  • ability to work very well with people of all types
  • ability to work well with machines
  • ability to "catch on" quickly
  • ability to reason and make judgments
  • spatial aptitude: ability to comprehend two-dimensional objects and recognize relationships resulting form the movement of objects
  • good motor coordination: hand/eye coordination, accurate and swift movements, finger/manual dexterity
  • excellent social skills: ability to interact with others and deal with diverse populations
  • self-discipline
     

Employment Outlook

Employment statistics for 2015 - 2017 PTC graduates, who found jobs in this field, are as follows:

  • salary average: $60,070.00 per year according to the US Department of Labor. You may view the most current Occupational Outlook statistics at: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm.
  • 87% placement rate for the 2015 - 2017 graduates
  • employment in hospitals and physicians' offices
  • employment also possible in sales and research
  • employment in cities and towns of all sizes
     

Employers

Recent graduates have found work at:

 

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