Occupation Summary

Radiologic Technologists

O*NET 29-2034.00


Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 22.80%.
Education Level:
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  1. Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  2. Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  3. Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  4. Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  5. Position and immobilize patient on examining table.
  6. Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  7. Key commands and data into computer to document and specify scan sequences, adjust transmitters and receivers, or photograph certain images.
  8. Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  9. Monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
  10. Set up examination rooms, ensuring that all necessary equipment is ready.
  11. Prepare and administer oral or injected contrast media to patients.
  12. Take thorough and accurate patient medical histories.
  13. Remove and process film.
  14. Record, process, and maintain patient data or treatment records and prepare reports.
  15. Coordinate work with clerical personnel or other technologists.
  16. Demonstrate new equipment, procedures, or techniques to staff and provide technical assistance.
  17. Provide assistance in dressing or changing seriously ill, injured, or disabled patients.
  18. Measure thickness of section to be radiographed, using instruments similar to measuring tapes.
  19. Operate fluoroscope to aid physician to view and guide wire or catheter through blood vessels to area of interest.
  20. Assign duties to radiologic staff to maintain patient flows and achieve production goals.
  21. Collaborate with other medical team members, such as physicians or nurses, to conduct angiography or special vascular procedures.
  22. Perform administrative duties, such as developing departmental operating budget, coordinating purchases of supplies or equipment, or preparing work schedules.
  23. Perform scheduled maintenance or minor emergency repairs on radiographic equipment.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Radiologic Technologists employed Annual Growth Rate
Offices of physicians 19.9 1.81
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 8 2.52

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $28.25
2018 National average hourly wage $29.59
2016 National employment 205,200
2016 Texas employment 15,903
Texas projected employment by 2026 19,529
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 1,263

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
    -- Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
    -- Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
    -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Other Activities

  • Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients
  • Administer medical injections
  • Administer medical treatments
  • Administer medications
  • Administer radioactive isotopes
  • Advise authorities in procedures for radiation incidents or hazards
  • Analyze medical or health data
  • Apply hazardous materials information
  • Assist patients in performing breathing exercises
  • Assist patients in walking or exercising
  • Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
  • Collect clinical data
  • Communicate technical or scientific information
  • Communicate with others using social media
  • Conduct dental x-rays
  • Conduct informational presentations
  • Conduct interviews to gather information
  • Conduct invasive medical diagnostic assessments
  • Conduct medical x-rays
  • Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
  • Configure computer network settings
  • Determine digital or film exposure settings
  • Develop photographic media such as film or x-rays
  • Direct activities of physicians or technologists
  • Don/Doff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Employ radiation safety procedures
  • Establish recruiting procedures
  • Evaluate patient's skills or capacities
  • Evaluate worker exposure to hazardous or dangerous conditions
  • Examine patients
  • Explain testing procedures to patient
  • Follow safety procedures and regulations
  • Gather information from doctor's prescription
  • Handle infectious materials safely according to procedures
  • Identify type of radiation
  • Implement robotics systems technology
  • Implement sanitation practices in health care settings
  • Inspect objects using x-ray or magnetic methods
  • Interpret x-ray images
  • Inventory medical supplies or instruments
  • Lift ill, injured, incapacitated, or disabled individuals
  • Maintain confidentiality of data
  • Maintain prescribed safe radiation levels
  • Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
  • Massage patient or client
  • Monitor body response variations
  • Monitor medical oxygen equipment
  • Monitor operating procedures of radiation producing equipment
  • Monitor patient condition and health
  • Observe patient or client condition
  • Operate digital scanner
  • Operate navigation technology or equipment
  • Operate radiologic equipment
  • Operate ultrasound equipment
  • Operate x-ray machines
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform emergency medical procedures
  • Perform quality assurance testing
  • Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
  • Provide first aid
  • Read technical, operating, service, or repair manuals or publications
  • Record medical history
  • Rescue people and animals from dangerous situations
  • Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
  • Take vital signs
  • Transport ill, injured, incapacitated, or disabled individuals

  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.


Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles: Automated defibrillators;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM standard system equipment: Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment;

Electrocardiography EKG units: Electrocardiography EKG units;

Electronic blood pressure units: Electronic blood pressure units;

Enema kits or accessories: Enema equipment;

Hypodermic needle: Hypodermic needles; Intramuscular needles; Venipuncture needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles;

Intravenous or arterial extension tubing: Intravenous IV tubing;

Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors: Intravenous IV locks;

Magnetic tape recorders: Magnetic tape recorders;

Medical c arm x ray units: Mobile image amplifier C-arms;

Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment: Fluoroscopes;

Medical computed tomography CT or CAT 3 dimensional system components: Computed tomography CT audio and visual intercommunication systems;

Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes: Computed tomography CT scanners; Positron emission tomography/computed tomography PET/CT scanners;

Medical imaging contrast agent injectors or accessories: Power injectors;

Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors: Film processing equipment;

Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI 3 dimensional system components: Magnetic resonance imaging MRI audio and visual intercommunication systems;

Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners: Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment;

Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS: Image capturing and transmission systems; Picture archiving and communication systems PACS;

Medical radiation films or badges: Radiation measurement badges;

Medical radiographic equipment grids: Grids;

Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use: Patient immobilizing devices; Straps; Sandbags; Compression bands; Cushions;

Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes: Radiation protection devices;

Medical syringe without needle: Syringes; Intravenous IV syringes;

Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use: Diagnostic ultrasound equipment; Portable ultrasound scanners;

Medical x ray apparatus filters: Filters; X ray beam restriction devices;

Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies: Automatic x ray film processors; Self-contained film processors; Portable film processors; Tabletop film processors;

Medical x ray film archiving system software: Scan converters; Image storage systems;

Medical x ray film or cassette: Film cassettes;

Medical x ray intensifying screens: Intensifying screens; X ray image intensifier television systems; X ray imaging charge-coupled device CCD cameras;

Medical x ray quality assurance or calibration devices: X ray calipers;

Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use: X ray machines; Portable x ray machines;

Mercury blood pressure units: Mercury blood pressure units;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies: Oxygen equipment;

Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use: Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Radiographic film or cassette changers: Rapid film changers;

Radiographic locators: Diaphragms; Cylinders; Cones;

Tablet computers: Tablet computers;

Tourniquets: Tourniquets;

Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers: Vacutainer tubes;

X ray bone densitometers: Portable densitometers; X ray bone densitometers; Digital transmission densitometers;

X ray diffraction equipment: Collimators;


Categorization or classification software: Diagnostic and procedural coding software;

Data base user interface and query software: Structured data entry software;

Information retrieval or search software: Information systems integration software;

Medical software: Internet or intranet image distribution software; MEDITECH software; Medical software; Diagnostic image review software; Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM software/modality management software; Electronic medical record EMR software; Film processor tracking and management software; Information management subsystem software; Virtual reality computed tomography CT imaging software; Practice management software PMS;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

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