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Radiologic Technologists

Also called: Mammographer, Radiologic Technologist (RT), Radiological Technologist, X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

Where in the Army? In the Army: Radiology Specialist

What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM software/modality management software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
Categorization or classification software
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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