Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

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What do they do?

Take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's bloodstream for diagnostic or research purposes. Includes radiologic technologists and technicians who specialize in other scanning modalities.

Also known as:

Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Technologist), Mammographer, Radiographer, Radiological Technologist, Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech), Radiology Technologist, Registered Radiographer, X-Ray Technician (X-Ray Tech), X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Radiologic Technologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #24 in job growth rate
  • 340

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #15 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Radiologic Technologists and Technicians:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Associates degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (2.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (21.4%)
  • Associate's degree (51.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (17.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.9%)

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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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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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.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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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