Summary Report for:
29-2034.00 - Radiologic Technologists
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Technologist), Mammographer, Mammography Technologist, MRI Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist), Radiographer, Radiologic Technologist (RT), Radiological Technologist, Radiology Technologist, Staff Technologist, X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
- Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
- Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
- Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
- Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
- Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
- Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
- Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
- Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
- Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
- Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
- Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
- Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
- Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
- Prepare and administer oral or injected contrast media to patients.
- Remove and process film.
- Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.
- Collaborate with other medical team members, such as physicians or nurses, to conduct angiography or special vascular procedures.
- Measure thickness of section to be radiographed, using instruments similar to measuring tapes.
- Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.
- Perform scheduled maintenance or minor emergency repairs on radiographic equipment.
- Demonstrate new equipment, procedures, or techniques to staff and provide technical assistance.
- Perform administrative duties, such as developing departmental operating budget, coordinating purchases of supplies or equipment, or preparing work schedules.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated defibrillators
- Desktop computers
- Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM standard system equipment — Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment
- Electrocardiography EKG units
- Electronic blood pressure units
- Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment
- Hypodermic needle — Hypodermic needles; Intramuscular needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles; Venipuncture needles
- Intravenous or arterial extension tubing — Intravenous IV tubing
- Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors — Intravenous IV locks
- Magnetic tape recorders
- Medical c arm x ray units — Mobile image amplifier C-arms
- Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment — Fluoroscopes
- Medical computed tomography CT or CAT 3 dimensional system components — Computed tomography CT audio and visual intercommunication systems
- Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes — Computed tomography CT scanners; Positron emission tomography/computed tomography PET/CT scanners
- Medical imaging contrast agent injectors or accessories — Power injectors
- Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors — Film processing equipment
- Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI 3 dimensional system components — Magnetic resonance imaging MRI audio and visual intercommunication systems
- Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
- Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS — Image capturing and transmission systems; Picture archiving and communication systems PACS
- Medical radiation films or badges — Radiation measurement badges
- Medical radiographic equipment grids — Grids
- Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use — Compression bands; Patient immobilizing devices; Sandbags; Straps (see all 5 examples)
- Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Radiation protection devices
- Medical syringe without needle — Intravenous IV syringes; Syringes
- Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Diagnostic ultrasound equipment; Portable ultrasound scanners
- Medical x ray apparatus filters — Filters; X ray beam restriction devices
- Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies — Automatic x ray film processors; Portable film processors; Self-contained film processors; Tabletop film processors
- Medical x ray film archiving system software — Image storage systems; Scan converters
- Medical x ray film or cassette — Film cassettes
- Medical x ray intensifying screens — Intensifying screens; X ray image intensifier television systems; X ray imaging charge-coupled device CCD cameras
- Medical x ray quality assurance or calibration devices — X ray calipers
- Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Portable x ray machines; X ray machines
- Mercury blood pressure units
- Notebook computers
- Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen equipment
- Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use — Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
- Personal computers
- Radiographic film or cassette changers — Rapid film changers
- Radiographic locators — Cones; Cylinders; Diaphragms
- Tablet computers
- Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Vacutainer tubes
- X ray bone densitometers — Digital transmission densitometers; Portable densitometers
- X ray diffraction equipment — Collimators
Technology used in this occupation:
- Categorization or classification software — Diagnostic and procedural coding software
- Data base user interface and query software — Structured data entry software
- Information retrieval or search software — Information systems integration software
- Medical software — Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM software/modality management software; Electronic medical record EMR software; Practice management software PMS; Virtual reality computed tomography CT imaging software (see all 9 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- 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.
- Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
- Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- 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.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- 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.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- 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.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- 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.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Detailed Work Activities
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
- Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
- Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.
- Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
- Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
- Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
- Check quality of diagnostic images.
- Process x-rays or other medical images.
- Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
- Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
- Position patients for treatment or examination.
- Monitor video displays of medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
- Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
- Prepare medications or medical solutions.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
- Train medical providers.
- Repair medical facility equipment.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
- Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
- Manage healthcare operations.
- Contact With Others — 95% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 97% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Disease or Infections — 77% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 87% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 64% responded “Extremely important.”
- Telephone — 79% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 80% responded “Extremely important.”
- Physical Proximity — 72% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Deal With External Customers — 76% responded “Extremely important.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 42% responded “Some freedom.”
- Exposed to Radiation — 68% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 49% responded “More than half the time.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 56% responded “Every day.”
- Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 43% responded “Very important results.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 43% responded “Some freedom.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 39% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 35% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 45% responded “Extremely important.”
- Time Pressure — 47% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 28% responded “More than half the time.”
- Level of Competition — 51% responded “Highly competitive.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 30% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Electronic Mail — 33% responded “Every day.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 31% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Letters and Memos — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 27% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 46% responded “Every day.”
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
Interest code: RS
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$26.86 hourly, $55,870 annual|
|Employment (2012)||199,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Faster than average (15% to 21%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||69,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Radiologic and MRI Technologists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) , 1255 Northland Dr., St. Paul, MN 55120-1155. Phone: (651) 687-0048.
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) , 15000 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-3917. Phone: (800) 444-2778. Fax: (505) 298-5063.
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) , 20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901. Phone: (312) 704-5300. Fax: (312) 704-5304.