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Radiologic Technologists & Technicians

Also called: Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Tech), Radiographer, Radiologic Technologist (RT), X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

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What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Medical condition coding software Hot Technology
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$61,370
$46,850
$94,880
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