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Who are radiologic technologists?

Radiologic technologists are healthcare professionals who administer prescribed radiation for the purpose of medical diagnosis. Registered radiologic technologists perform radiographic procedures using technologically advanced equipment to produce 2-D and 3-D images of the tissue, organs, bones and vessels of patients for evaluation by radiologists (physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury). They may also choose to specialize in a specific imaging technique such as computed tomography, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone densitometry, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, quality management, or general radiography.  Radiologic technologists may work in a wide variety of healthcare settings from large hospitals and imaging centers to small clinics or offices, performing radiographic exams for a broad spectrum of clinical services, or specializing in one specific area such as orthopedics, pediatrics, or gastrointestinal radiology.

What do radiologic technologists earn?

Radiologic technologists are the third largest category of health care professionals, surpassed in number only by physicians and nurses. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a radiologic technologist in 2012 was $55,910; however, this can vary significantly depending on geographical location, place of employment and modality. Learn more by reading about radiologic technologists in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

What is the job outlook for the radiologic technology profession?

Employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is expected to grow 21% percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to diagnose them. Read more about the Radiologic Technology job outlook in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.