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Thinking about a career in Radiologic Technology? Your options are almost limitless!

radiology technician

Education Requirements:

No matter what your education or skill level, the field of radiology offers a variety of careers for anyone with a desire to help others and an interest in technology. If you are still in high school and interested in this type of technician job, be sure you compete courses in physics, chemistry and biology, as well as in mathematics.

You will need education and training after you complete high school to take advantage of this career. Most technicians earn an associate degree in radiography by completing one or two years in a technical college studying proper imaging techniques and learning to operate digital imaging equipment. Be sure to choose a radiography educational program that is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

You could also earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college, but it is not required for most of these positions.

Job Tasks:

  • Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.

  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.

  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.

  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer-generated methods.

  • May treat diseases using imaging technology or radiation.

  • Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.

  • Determine patients’ x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.

  • Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.

  • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.

  • Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.

Skills and Abilities Needed to Perform Job:


Knowledge and use of:

  • Medical software (electronic, medical record EMR software GE Healthcare ViewPoint Solutions; MEDITECH software, etc.).

  • Medical tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes.

  • Medical x-ray apparatus filters, darkroom equipment and supplies; film archiving system software; intensifying screens ad portable x-ray units.

  • Radiographic locators and bone densitometers.

  • Information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases and deformities.

  • Computers and electronics—circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • Development environment software (LabVIEW).

  • Microsoft software (Office, Excel, Work Outlook).

  • Information Ordering – Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.

  • Oral Comprehension – Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

  • Oral Expression – Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Near Vision – Ability to see details at close range.

  • Problem Sensitivity –Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

  • Information Ordering – Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules.

  • Speech Recognition – Ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • Control Precision – Ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine to exact positions.

  • Written Comprehension – Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Desired Work Style Attributes:

  • Attention to details

  • Integrity – Honest and ethical

  • Dependability – Reliable and responsible

  • Cooperation – Pleasant with others

  • Adaptability/Flexibility

  • Self-Control – Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations

  • Initiative – Willing to take on responsibilities and challenges

  • Concern for Others – Sensitive to needs of others

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