Radiology Technicians

In 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen became the “father of radiology” and the inventor of the x-ray machine, later; in 1901 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his efforts in this new field of science and medicine.

It took some time for the medical community to embrace this new technology, but eventually, physicians adopted the use of x-ray machines in their practices as the benefits of its use became clearer. Soon, however, they found that maintaining the machines was not a profitable use of their time, and the career field of Radiology Technician was born.

A Radiology Technician, also known as a Radiological Technologist, Radiology tech, X-ray tech, Radiographer, or a Rad Tech is an important part of the medical team. When a physician orders a diagnostic image, the professional who will assist the patient is the Radiology Technician.

Salary Expectations


A radiology technician can expect to earn a salary ranging from $40,000 to over $70,000 per year. The median salary per year is around $54,000 per year. The salary is contingent upon a number of variables such as location, size of facility, hours, incentives, education, experience, and other factors.

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The job forecast for Radiology Technician is excellent. The growth rate for this career is expected to be at or around 25% between 2010 and 2020 due to the rise in the aged population and the common ailments and diseases that are associated with aging such as breaks and fractures to bones, and osteoporosis.

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Nature of the Work

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Radiology technicians work with radiologists; physicians who specialize in the field of radiology and its use in treatment and diagnosis. When a physician orders a radiologic procedure, the technician is the one who will:

  • Carry out physicians orders using procedural and practice guidelines for x-ray or a number of other specialized radiographic procedures and treatments
  • Monitor the patient during the radiographic procedure or treatment
  • Mix and /or administer the contrast medium necessary in some radiology procedures
  • Assist the patient during the x-ray or procedure
  • Arrange the patient and move them into specific positions in order to obtain the best radiographic views available
  • Explain treatments or procedures as necessary and/or answer patient’s questions regarding radiologic procedures
  • Protects patients and others, including themselves from exposure to unnecessary radiation
  • Maintain proper working order and calibration of imaging equipment
  • Keep detailed patient records

The radiological technician can expect to work indoors at a hospital, nursing facility, diagnostic center, outpatient facility, clinic, physician’s office, or other treatment facility. The work schedule will vary and may include days, evenings, holidays, weekends, or PRN or “on call” depending on the facility.

Position Requirements

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To become a radiological technologist one must complete an accredited Radiography Training Program that can include an associate’s degree and certification as a radiology technician. The program for certification commonly takes between 6 to 12 months to complete and there is often a great deal of competition for the limited spaces available. Licensure is necessary to work as a radiology technician and the requirements for licensure may vary by state.

Working in the Medical Office

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Some of the physical and mental characteristics of a successful radiology technician will include the following:

  • Physical strength and stamina to transport and assist patients
  • Physical dexterity
  • Detail oriented
  • Enjoy working with others
  • Time management skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Ability to handle stressful situations
  • Interest in continued learning
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Computer skills

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