Radiologic Technician

Radiologic technologists take x-rays and CAT scans or put nonradioactive materials into a patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. This occupation also includes technologists who specialize in other types of scanning.

Radiologic Technician

Average Hourly Earnings



Associate Degree


  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Prepare patients for procedures, taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Review and evaluate developed x-rays and other information to make sure the images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes
  • Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready
  • Keep accurate, detailed patient records

Work Environment

Radiologic technologists may be exposed to infectious diseases. Technologists are often on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled. Because imaging is needed in emergency situations, some technologists work evenings, weekends, or on call.

Key Traits

Social. Regularly includes working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Frequently involves helping or providing service to others.