Radiologic Technologists
SOC: 29-2034.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
197,000 employed

Projected (2024):
214,200 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:

  • 3D Technologist
  • Angiogram Special Procedures Technologist
  • CAT Scan Technologist (Computed Axial Tomography Technologist)
  • Computed Tomography Radiologic Technologist (CT Rt)
  • Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Technologist)
  • CT Scan Special Procedures Technologist
  • CT Scan Technologist (Computed Tomography Scan Technologist)
  • Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
  • Imaging Specialist
  • Mammographer
  • Mammography Technologist
  • Radiographer
  • Radiographer Technologist
  • Radiographer, Mammographer
  • Radiologic Technologist (RT)
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Radiology Therapist
  • Skiagrapher
  • Staff Radiographer
  • Staff Technologist
  • Ultrasound Technologist
  • X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    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
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • 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
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
  • Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
  • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
  • Prepare and administer oral or injected contrast media to patients.
  • Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
  • Remove and process film.
  • Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
  • Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
  • Demonstrate new equipment, procedures, or techniques to staff and provide technical assistance.
  • Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
  • Measure thickness of section to be radiographed, using instruments similar to measuring tapes.
  • Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.
  • Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.
  • Collaborate with other medical team members, such as physicians or nurses, to conduct angiography or special vascular procedures.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as developing departmental operating budget, coordinating purchases of supplies or equipment, or preparing work schedules.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance or minor emergency repairs on radiographic equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automated defibrillators
  • Automatic x ray film processors
  • Collimators
  • Compression bands
  • Computed tomography CT audio and visual intercommunication systems
  • Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Cones
  • Cushions
  • Cylinders
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic ultrasound equipment
  • Diaphragms
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment
  • Digital transmission densitometers
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Enema equipment
  • Film cassettes
  • Film processing equipment
  • Filters
  • Fluoroscopes
  • Grids
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Image capturing and transmission systems
  • Image storage systems
  • Intensifying screens
  • Intramuscular needles
  • Intravenous IV locks
  • Intravenous IV syringes
  • Intravenous IV tubing
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI audio and visual intercommunication systems
  • Magnetic tape recorders
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
  • Mercury blood pressure units
  • Mobile image amplifier C-arms
  • Notebook computers
  • Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
  • Oxygen equipment
  • Patient immobilizing devices
  • Personal computers
  • Picture archiving and communication systems PACS
  • Portable densitometers
  • Portable film processors
  • Portable ultrasound scanners
  • Portable x ray machines
  • Positron emission tomography/computed tomography PET/CT scanners
  • Power injectors
  • Radiation measurement badges
  • Radiation protection devices
  • Rapid film changers
  • Sandbags
  • Scan converters
  • Self-contained film processors
  • Straps
  • Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
  • Syringes
  • Tablet computers
  • Tabletop film processors
  • Tourniquets
  • Vacutainer tubes
  • Venipuncture needles
  • X ray beam restriction devices
  • X ray bone densitometers
  • X ray calipers
  • X ray image intensifier television systems
  • X ray imaging charge-coupled device CCD cameras
  • X ray machines
  • Diagnostic and procedural coding software
  • Diagnostic image review software
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM software/modality management software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Film processor tracking and management software
  • Information management subsystem software
  • Information systems integration software
  • Internet or intranet image distribution software
  • Medical software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Structured data entry software
  • Virtual reality computed tomography CT imaging software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800