Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 222,800 people employed as radiologic technologists and technicians in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $61,370.
Entry level employees earn approximately $46,850 per year and senior employees earn approximately $94,880
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
- Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
- Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
- Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
- Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
- Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
- Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
- Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
- Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
- Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
- Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
- Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
- Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
- 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.
- Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
- Provide assistance to physicians or other technologists in the performance of more complex procedures.
- Operate mobile x-ray equipment in operating room, emergency room, or at patient's bedside.
- Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
- 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.
- Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
- Complete quality control activities, monitor equipment operation, and report malfunctioning equipment to supervisor.
- Assist with on-the-job training of new employees or students or provide input to supervisors regarding training performance.
- Prepare contrast material, radiopharmaceuticals, or anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under the direction of a radiologist.
- Maintain a current file of examination protocols.
- Perform general administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling patient appointments, or pulling and filing films.
- Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.