Imaging & Diagnostic Testing

Radiology Technician

Career Progression

Entry Level

Radiology Technician

Mid Level

Radiation Therapist

Senior Level

Radiologist, Physicist, Dosimitrist

Pathway Category

Entry Level: These positions are the best entry points for someone with little experience or education, as they typically require only a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) or a technical certification/ training and little to no prior related work experience. Many workers enter this industry through the Direct Patient and Therapeutic Care families. Although these careers start with lower wages, they are often a great starting point with huge potential for promotion and advancement with hard work, dedication, and planning.

What does a person in this career do?

You have an eye for detail! You’re more comfortable working behind-the-scenes by running tests and evaluations that help to investigate, diagnose, and treat patients. Your sharp mind and problem solving abilities work best when put to use in a laboratory or other facility with less direct contact with the general public.

Occupations in the Imaging & Diagnostic Testing family often play a supportive role in running tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, or other physical conditions. This is one of the fastest growing areas of health sciences and offers a great way to enter the field without extensive education and experience requirements.  These professionals will have some direct patient interaction, such as when drawing blood or taking X-rays, but most of their time is spent in laboratories or other off-site locations while remotely assisting health care professionals by conducting prescribed tests, investigating results, and communicating findings. These professionals may also make recommendations for additional tests or specialized treatments based on their findings. These roles are great for people who are curious, have an attention to detail, and like to solve puzzles or problems. New and exciting innovations to technology and medicine will continue to expand the opportunities in this family, especially in the areas of genetic testing, DNA sequencing, and on-demand advanced health screenings.

Description of duties

Assist in the operation and maintenance of equipment and supplies necessary to offer an internal view of the human body through x-ray, ultrasound, and other radiologic technologies and procedures. Prepare machines and patients for procedures, answering questions and offering advice for addressing anxiety and other concerns. Observe regulatory and safety laws, rules, and regulations at all times.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Medical Equipment and Software
  • Radiology and X-Ray Technology
  • Chemistry and Biology
  • Measuring and Data Analysis
  • Active Listening and Critical Thinking
  • Customer and Personal Service

Other Job Titles

  • X-Ray Technician
  • Radiology Tech (RT)
  • Registered Radiographer
  • X-Ray Assistant
  • Radiology Assistant