Radiologic technicians, also known as rad techs or radiographers, specialize in X-ray and computed tomography, or CT, imaging. They are responsible for adjusting, maintaining, and operating the equipment, following doctors’ orders on what parts of the body to image, preparing patients for their procedures, shielding the parts of the patient that are not being imaged, positioning the patient, working with doctors on evaluating images, and maintaining patient records. Some rad techs specialize specifically in mammography.
Radiology Education & Requirements
Typically, rad techs need an associate’s degree, although there are programs where individuals can earn graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Most states require a license or certification.
Radiology Jobs Outlook
The demand for rad techs is expected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — that is above average for all occupations. This projected growth is based on the market’s demand, including the health needs of our large, aging population.
Radiology Job Salary
Median annual salary for radiology technicians is $57,450, according to the BLS, and the type of facility the rad tech is working in can have an impact on the amount.