Radiologic Technologists

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What do they do?

Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

Also known as:

CAT Scan Technologist (Computed Axial Tomography Technologist), Computed Tomography Radiologic Technologist (CT RT), Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Technologist), CT Scan Technologist (Computed Tomography Scan Technologist), Mammographer, Mammography Technologist, Radiographer, Radiographer, Mammographer, Radiologic Technologist (RT), Radiological Technologist, Radiology Technologist, Staff Radiographer, Staff Technologist, X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Radiologic Technologists is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #40 in job growth rate
  • 320

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #14 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1.8%)
  • Master's degree (4.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (26.9%)
  • Associate's degree (42.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (16.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.1%)

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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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Check quality of diagnostic images.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
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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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