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The medical radiographer, or radiologic technologist, assists the physician in the use of x-rays to examine the patient for broken bones, ulcers, tumors, and diseases of various organs. The technologist adjusts x-ray equipment to the correct setting for examinations, positions the patient, makes the required number of x-rays, and develops and files the finished work. The technologist aids the physician in administering chemical mixtures to the patient so that organs and tissues are clearly visible in x-ray examinations, and may also use mobile x-ray equipment at the bedside and in surgery.

Educational Qualifications

After completing the A.S. degree, students may complete 9 to 24-month long certificate programs specializing in Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, or Special Imaging. Unit’s fir these areas may also be incorporated in the Bachelor of Science Program, which begins in the junior year. The B.S. program emphasizes the more advanced areas in radiologic technology. It is designed to prepare graduates for careers in administration, clinical specialties, teaching or health physics.

Job Outlook

Jobs in the field of medical radiography are expected to grow by 23% through the year 2014.

Entering Salary

Entry level positions can earn $50,000 per year. Depending on experience, location and specialty radiological technologists can earn upwards to $80,000-90,000 per year. 

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2014). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

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