Radiologic Technicians

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What do they do?

Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

Also known as:

Chief Technician, X-Ray (Chief Tech, X-Ray), Limited Radiology Technician, Radiologic Technician (RT), Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech), Registered Radiographer, X-Ray Technician (X-Ray Tech)

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #27 in job growth rate
  • 190

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Radiologic Technicians:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (3.1%)
  • Master's degree (5.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (23.3%)
  • Associate's degree (17%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (16.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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