Radiologic technologists, or radiographers, are key members of the healthcare team who create images used to diagnose patient injury or illness. They use sophisticated equipment to produce radiographic images, or x-rays, of the human body at the request of a physician.
With additional education and experience, you may work as a department lead or supervisor. There are also opportunities to work in other specialized medical positions as a mammographer or an MRI or CT technologist.
Is it For You?
You’ll be an excellent candidate for this field if you like to be active and enjoy working with a variety of people. Good communication, problem-solving and analytical skills are also important for radiographers. The profession is a physically demanding one. Tasks on a typical day include assisting lifting patients, transporting patients on stretchers or in wheelchairs, and moving heavy portable imaging equipment within the hospital. The environment is fast paced and stressful and you will be on your feet for several hours at a time. The radiographer must also respond to audio signals and alarms and be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image.
Those choosing careers in radiologic technology come from many age groups and employment backgrounds. They range from recent high school graduates to those re-entering the work force or making career changes. The radiographer works with a diverse group of expert professionals all of whom participate in providing care for the patient. The successful radiographer has excellent communication skills, is able to adapt to ever changing employment demands, and recognizes that growth within the profession is achieved through continuing education.
Last Updated November 22, 2013