What does a Radiologic Technologist do?

Radiologic technologists work under the supervision of a radiologist to help them with specific tasks including the operation of machines including X-ray machines or CAT scanners. They set up MRI, X-ray, and CAT scan machines, as well as ultrasound machines and other radiologic equipment.

Radiologic technologists gather high-quality images and data, and they are trained to recognize what clear high-quality images are, versus images that do not meet the standard. They sometimes answer patients’ simple questions pertaining to a procedure, and they also help patients prepare for their procedures by ensuring they remove their jewelry and by offering them a lead sheet or apron if necessary. They are responsible for the adjustment and maintenance of imaging equipment and follow orders from physicians regarding where imaging is needed. They also monitor radiographic supplies and submit purchasing requests to replenish supply levels. Radiologic technologists need an associate’s degree in applied science, a bachelor’s degree in science, or a certification from a program recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

What responsibilities are common for Radiologic Technologist jobs?
  • Manage and coordinate the release of information to patients.
  • Train, assign and delegate work to all technologists as necessary.
  • Have a willingness to provide support to a team as needed.
  • Assure room check off sheets are complete daily as necessary.
  • Call information systems and put in tickets when problems occur.
  • Serve as a resource to physicians on procedural equipment options.
  • Follow all safety requirements of the hospital and department.
  • Perform radiologic procedures.
  • Assist in ensuring all necessary supplies are available and stocked.
  • Identify and processes images, assuring images are of diagnostic quality.
  • Transport patients to radiographic room and prepare and maintain room.
  • Prepare and position patients and select exposure factors accurately.
  • May perform data entry of patient information into organization databases.
  • Assist with exams and explain any delays in procedures.
What are the typical qualifications for Radiologic Technologist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in applied or health sciences, certification in radiologic technology, relevant experience.
  • Use professionalism and leadership skills while interacting with patients and colleagues.
  • Comfortable and capable with using stents, injectors, and fluent in other radiological equipment.
  • Utilize composure and communicate well in potentially stressful situations, such as patient emergencies and ICU settings.
  • A critical thinker who pays strict attention to detail.
  • Communicates with patients and family while preparing patient for procedures.
  • Familiar with onboarding patient information and updating as needed.
  • Use authority while lecturing and annotating diagnoses and presentations.
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Radiologic Technologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$69,180 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$51K
Median: $69K
$94K
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Radiologic Technologist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
30%
2 - 4
19%
5 - 7
2%
8+
49%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Radiologic Technologist Insights

Read what Radiologic Technologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Banner HealthBanner Health
Radiologic Technologist
Nov 23, 2021

“Everything was well run and all our staff and providers were amazing to work with.”

Texas OrthopedicsTexas Orthopedics
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Oct 12, 2020

“My manager was the best because she always stuck up for us and provided anything we needed.”

P3 MedicalP3 Medical
Reg Manager
Jul 24, 2020

“Not a nice place to work at all (and I know many would agree)”

Changi General HospitalChangi General Hospital
Radiographer
Nov 18, 2020

“Good benefit including medical and dental”

Monmouth Medical CenterMonmouth Medical Center
X-Ray Technologist
May 4, 2022

“Great director and close to home”

Thomas Jefferson UniversityThomas Jefferson University
Radiology Aide
Jul 6, 2021

“I really like my job in radiology at Jefferson and it’s really fun and there is lots to learn”

Ochsner Lafayette GeneralOchsner Lafayette General
Radiologic Technologist
Jul 10, 2020

“Management turnover; pay rate is some of the lowest in the state for what is expected out of the xray techs”

ExamineticsExaminetics
Radiologic Technologist
Dec 15, 2020

“Good job and good to save money.”

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