Looking inside the human body without resorting to highly invasive surgery is the work of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians. They perform X-rays, CAT scans and other imaging examinations, to help doctors develop accurate diagnoses. The technician positions the patient to get the clearest possible image results, before activating their equipment. Helping patients feel calm and explaining the procedure is part of the job. For certain procedures, they administer non-radioactive materials into a patient’s bloodstream. Technicians also monitor the video display of the area being scanned, adjusting controls to improve picture quality. Technologists may also perform imaging examinations, but in addition, they have the skills to evaluate the quality of the image. They are responsible for handling infectious and radioactive materials, and ensuring that safety measures meet government regulations. They may oversee radiologic staff, assigning duties and supervising the work, and help the facility’s administration develop operating budgets and make new equipment purchases. Radiologic technologists and technicians work in hospitals, doctor’s offices or clinics and laboratories. Typically, an associate’s degree in the field is required, and in most states, they must also earn a license or professional certification to practice. A certification can strengthen employment prospects significantly, even if the state does not require it.
What they do:
Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
On the job, you would:
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.
Arts and Humanities
medicine and dentistry
Education and Training
teaching and course design
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
put together small parts with your fingers
keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
order or arrange things
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
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic medical record EMR software
Office suite software
associate's degree or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.