Radiologic Technology Program

Career Outlook

What does a Radiologic Technologist do?

    • Use radiation to produce images of the internal parts of a patient’s body
    • Use radiation to provide treatment for disease. Review physician’s instructions
    • Prepare patient for examination (physical assistance, verbal instructions, reassurance)
    • Position patient for x-ray procedure
    • Administer drugs and conduct venipuncture as necessary to make organs visible
    • Set/operate controls. May operate computerized head or body scanners
    • Some technologists operate ultrasound equipment and/or magnetic resonance imaging equipment
    • Process image (film and/or digital), prepare records. Make adjustments on machines.
    • Specialize in either diagnostic or therapeutic technology

Outlook for profession:

Employment of radiologic and MRI technologists is projected to grow 21 percent
from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As the
population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions, such as
breaks and fractures caused by osteoporosis, which can require imaging to
diagnose them.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012

Average pay:

    • Depends on employer, location, and job description
    • Area average $22.00 to $36.00 per hour plus benefits
    • Starting range $45,760 to $74,880 per year
    • California mean full-time income - $84,162 (source ASRT wage and salary survey 2013)