SOC: 29-1069.10


Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Attending Physician
  • Attending Radiologist
  • Diagnostic Radiologist
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Active Staff Physician at Community Hospital
  • Interventional Neuroradiologist
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Nuclear Radiologist
  • Pediatric Radiologist
  • Physician
  • Radiologist
  • Radiologist and Vascular Internationalist
  • Radiologist Diagnostic
  • Radiologist Physician
  • Radiologist Technologist/Mammographer/Densitometry
  • Radiologist, Chief of Breast Imaging
  • Radiology Resident
  • Resident in Diagnostic Radiology
  • Resident Physician in Radiology
  • Staff Radiologist
  • Teleradiologist
  • Therapeutic Radiologist
  • Vascular Radiologist
  • Veterinary Radiologist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, and infection control.
  • Treat malignant internal or external growths by exposure to radiation from radiographs (x-rays), high energy sources, or natural or synthetic radioisotopes.
  • Serve as an offsite teleradiologist for facilities that do not have on-site radiologists.
  • Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
  • Participate in research projects involving radiology.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.
  • Supervise and teach residents or medical students.
  • Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
  • Develop treatment plans for radiology patients.
  • Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.
  • Administer radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens.
  • Administer or maintain conscious sedation during and after procedures.
  • Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
  • Interpret images using computer-aided detection or diagnosis systems.
  • Recognize or treat complications during and after procedures, including blood pressure problems, pain, oversedation, or bleeding.
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
  • Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
  • Conduct physical examinations to inform decisions about appropriate procedures.
  • Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.
  • Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
  • Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
  • Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.
  • Develop or monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images.
  • Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.
  • Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
  • Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
  • Perform interventional procedures such as image-guided biopsy, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, transhepatic biliary drainage, and nephrostomy catheter placement.
  • Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bone densitometers
  • Computed tomography CT equipment
  • Fluoroscopic imaging systems
  • Gamma cameras
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
  • Medical radiation monitors
  • Medical ultrasound scanners
  • Novarad NovaPacs
  • Patient radiation shields
  • Positron emission tomography PET equipment
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography SPECT cameras
  • X ray machines
  • Advanced Data Systems MedicsRis
  • Allscripts PM
  • athenahealth athenaCollector
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Avreo Radiology Workflow Solutions
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • CareCloud Central
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • Computer aided image analysis software
  • eClinicalWorks Practice Management
  • Email software
  • Epic Practice Management software
  • Fujifilm Synapse
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • GE Healthcare ViewPoint for Radiology
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • HealthFusion MediTouch software
  • Hosted PACS Solutions software
  • Infinite Radiology Opal-RAD
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • Maplewood Software StaffReady
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • McKesson Radiology Manager
  • medQ Q/ris
  • Merge Healthcare Merge RIS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • MIM Software MIMcardiac
  • MIM Software MIMfusion
  • MIM Software MIMneuro
  • Modernizing Medicine Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) software
  • mPlexus DICOM RadiX
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • RamSoft PowerServer RIS/PACS
  • simplifyMD software
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy RIS
  • Voice recognition software
  • Web browser software
  • WRSHealth EMR

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800