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Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. They may specialize in taking x-rays, CT scans or MRIs.
Before taking images, radiologic technologists are responsible for preparing patients for the procedure. This includes taking down their medical history and answering their questions. They must also cover the areas of the patient’s body that do not need to be scanned and position the patient properly before taking the image.
After getting the patient ready, radiologic technologists operate the equipment that takes the image. Upon producing an image, the technologist works with the radiologist to decide whether the image is satisfactory or needs to be retaken.
To qualify for radiologic technologist jobs in most states, candidates need an associate’s degree and licensure or certification. Some technologists hold a bachelor’s degree, but they are not necessary. Requirements vary by state. Most radiologic technologists also need to be certified in CPR.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiologic technologist jobs are expected to grow 28% by 2020. To get in on this booming career, search our job board today. Want to be the first to hear about new jobs? Sign up for ADVANCE Messenger to get email alerts whenever radiologic technologist positions are posted.