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 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. As the  population grows older, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool to diagnose them.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014

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)