Radiology technologists, also called radiographers, produce X-ray films of all parts of the human body for diagnosis of medical problems.
Radiology technologists work in hospitals, clinics, physician offices and emergency and urgent care centers. Radiology technologists may work anywhere from a small private doctor’s office to operating rooms in large metropolitan hospitals.
Radiology technologists are responsible for all aspects of producing high quality radiographs (X-rays). Patient care and positioning, equipment settings and adjustments for individual patients, patient protection from radiation exposure and analysis of X-ray quality are all important in the radiology technologist’s work. Some Radiology technologists often specialize in specific techniques, such as mammography, computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI).
Median annual earnings of radiology technologists: Medical and diagnostic laboratories: $42,470, General medical and surgical hospitals : 39,580, Offices of physicians: 36,490.
Formal training programs in radiography range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree. Students who graduate from Radiology Technology program are eligible to take the national registry examination administered by American Registry of Radiology Technologists (ARRT).
Workers in related occupations include cardiovascular technologists and technicians, clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, nuclear medicine technologists, radiation therapists, and respiratory therapists.