Radiologic technicians or radiographers prepare and operate equipment to perform diagnostic imaging examinations. Radiographers isolate areas of the body, and use instruments and equipment to produce X-ray films to determine medical problems. They are safety-oriented, and follow strict physician's orders to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.

Radiologic technicians work on their feet most of the day, and wear protective clothing. Most technicians work a full-time 40-hour work schedule, with hours sometimes extending over the weekend, evenings, or on-call. Technicians can also work for more than one employer and travel to different facilities.

Radiographers must enroll in a formal training program that provides both classroom and clinical study in all types of areas, such as medical terminology and radiobiology. Depending on the program, completion of an accredited radiology program can result in a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor's degree. State requirements vary, but most require some sort certification or license to practice radiology.

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  • Technicians perform diagnostic imaging tests, maintain patient records, and operate diagnostic machinery.
  • Hospitals will continue to employ the most technicians, though there will be job growth in outpatient care facilities like diagnostic centers and doctor's offices.
  • To re-certify every two years, radiographers are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education courses.

Job growth is expected to increase due to the demand for more diagnostic imaging and the replacement of retired workers. Most states require radiographers to have some sort of license or certification. Employment opportunities are greater for radiographic technicians who are registered with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

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