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Radiological Technologist

Radiological technologists use x-ray equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injuries. They use this equipment to produce images of internal body organs and bones. They are responsible for evaluating the patient's condition, explaining the x-ray procedures, and adjusting the radiographic equipment to give the most comprehensive view of the area to be x-rayed.

Radiological technologists determine the proper equipment settings and exposure used for each patient. In some procedures, they are required to mix and administer chemical mixtures so body organs will be visible. They assist the radiologist and surgeon in performing sophisticated or invasive procedures when imaging equipment is needed. Radiological technologists are also responsible for the maintenance of the radiographic equipment.

Work Environment:

Radiological technologists work in hospitals, medical clinics, medical laboratories, nursing homes, colleges and universities, governmental facilities, mobile radiological facilities, physician offices, urgent care centers, public health departments, and specialized imaging centers.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in a career as a radiological technologist should take courses in algebra, biology, chemistry, computer skills, English, emergency medical technology, physics, health occupations/medical professions education, and geometry.

College Requirements:

Radiological technologists must complete formal training in an approved hospital training program or complete a 2-year Associate Degree in radiological technology.  Students interested in radiological technology should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

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Career Outlook:

Total employment of radiological technologist is expected to grow by 25 - 35 % over the next 10 years. This profession's growth is due in part to the aging population and an increase in demand for diagnostic imaging. Some employers are commonly reporting shortages of radiological technologists. The demand for radiological technologists will continue to grow as new imaging technology develops and as physicians look for more non-invasive diagnostic methods.



Average Annual Salary

Salary Range
$30,300 to $48,200

Professional Organizations:
American Society of
Radiologic Technologists
15000 Central Ave. S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone: (505) 298-4500
Phone: (800) 444-2778
Fax: (505) 298-5063

American Registry of
Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Phone: (651) 687-0048

HOSA - Health Occupations
Students of America
6021 Morriss Road, Ste.111
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Phone: (800) 321-4672
Fax: (972) 874-0063

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