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What do radiologic technologists do?  

Radiologic technologists take pictures of the anatomy of the body through the use of radiation equipment (x-ray technology) to capture images of bones, organs, and blood vessels as prescribed by physicians to assist in the diagnosis of diseases or injuries.

Where do they work?  

While most radiologic technologists work in hospitals, there are opportunities in physicians’ offices, urgent care clinics, diagnostic laboratories, and industry.

What types of patients do they work with?  

These health care professionals work with patients referred by a private physician, patients who enter the emergency room with traumatic injuries, or patients already admitted into the hospital.

What kind of education do they need?  

Educational programs can be a two-year certificate program in a hospital, a two-year degree program, or a four year degree program, plus one-year study in a hospital.

What is the salary range for this profession?  

$40,000 - $64,000

The outlook:

Demand for radiologic technologists or technicians is expected to grow as the massive baby boomer generation ages and demand for diagnostic imaging increases. Radiologic technologists and technicians held about 215,000 jobs in 2008, primarily in hospitals, and the Labor Department projects that number will shoot up more than 17 percent to 252,000 positions by 2018. Many of the new jobs will be in physician's offices and diagnostic imaging centers.