Radiologic Technicians
SOC: 29-2099.06


Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
102,200 employed

Projected (2024):
125,900 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:

  • Cat Scanner Operator
  • Chief Technician, X-Ray (Chief Tech, X-Ray)
  • Computed Tomography Scanner Operator
  • Computed Tomography Technician (CT Technician)
  • EEG Technician (Electroencephalographic Technician)
  • EKG Tech (Electrocardiographic Technician)
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technician (ENDT)
  • Limited Radiology Technician
  • Mammography Technician
  • Medical Imaging Technician
  • Radiography Technician
  • Radiologic Technician (RT)
  • Radiological Technician
  • Radiology Aide
  • Radiology Assistant
  • Radiology Technician (Radiology Tech)
  • Registered Radiographer
  • X Ray Operator
  • X-Ray Technician (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
  • 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
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
  • Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
  • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
  • Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
  • Perform procedures, such as linear tomography, mammography, sonograms, joint and cyst aspirations, routine contrast studies, routine fluoroscopy, or examinations of the head, trunk, or extremities under supervision of physician.
  • Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
  • Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.
  • Coordinate work of other technicians or technologists when procedures require more than one person.
  • Assist with on-the-job training of new employees or students or provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.
  • Maintain a current file of examination protocols.
  • Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.
  • Provide assistance in radiopharmaceutical administration, monitoring patients' vital signs and notifying the radiologist of any relevant changes.
  • Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals, or anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.
  • Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
  • Assure that sterile or non-sterile supplies such as contrast materials, catheters, films, chemicals, or other required equipment, are present and in working order or requisition materials.
  • Collect and maintain records of patients examined, examinations performed, patient medical histories, views taken, or technical factors used.
  • Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling patient appointments, or pulling and filing films.
  • Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
  • Provide students or other technicians with suggestions of additional views, alternate positioning, or improved techniques to ensure the images produced are of the highest quality.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic x ray film processors
  • Collimators
  • Compression bands
  • Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Cones
  • Cushions
  • Cylinders
  • Desktop computers
  • Diaphragms
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM imaging equipment
  • Digital transmission densitometers
  • Enema equipment
  • Film cassettes
  • Fluoroscopes
  • Grids
  • High-speed multislice computed tomography CT scanners
  • Image capturing and transmission systems
  • Image intensifiers
  • Image storage systems
  • Lead shields/shielding equipment
  • Magnetic tape recorders
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
  • Mobile image amplifier C-arms
  • Notebook computers
  • Oxygen equipment
  • Patient immobilization devices
  • Personal computers
  • Picture archiving and communication systems PACS
  • Portable densitometers
  • Portable film processors
  • Portable x ray machines
  • Positron emission tomography/computed tomography PET/CT scanners
  • Radiation measurement badges
  • Sandbags
  • Scan converters
  • Self-contained film processors
  • Stationary x ray equipment
  • Straps
  • Tablet computers
  • Tabletop film processors
  • X ray beam restriction devices
  • X ray bone densitometers
  • X ray calipers
  • X ray film processors
  • X ray filters
  • X ray image intensifier television systems
  • X ray imaging charge-coupled device CCD cameras
  • 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
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • GE Healthcare ViewPoint Solutions
  • Information management subsystem software
  • Information systems integration software
  • Internet or intranet image distribution software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Structured data entry software
  • Virtual reality CT imaging software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800