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Profession Description

Radiographers are health care professionals who use radiation (x-rays) to create medical images of the body.  Other names used for the profession are: Radiologic Technologist or X-ray Technologist.  

 

The career combines the use of modern medical equipment with patient interaction.  Radiographers are valued members of the health care team and provide information to physicians so that patient's illnesses can be diagnosed and treatment initiated. 

 

Radiographers find employment opportunities in hospitals, private imaging centers, health centers, and mobile imaging units.  There are also opportunities in sales, marketing, research, education and industry.  

 

The Radiography Program offers the education and clinical experience needed to enter this challenging and rewarding career.  

 

Graduates of the Radiography Program may choose to continue their education and gain certification in an additional modality such as Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, MRI, Computed Tomography (CT), Radiation Therapy, Mammography, or Cardiac Catheterization.  Educational requirements differ for each of those career paths.  Additional information on advancement opportunities and salaries can be found on the American Society of Radiologic Technologists website, www.asrt.org under the "Career Center" link (see "Wage and Salary Guides).

 

In order to become a registered Radiographic Technologist, program graduates must pass a national exam given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In the past five years, 97% (84/87) of graduates have passed the exam on the first try.

 

For more information on career opportunities in radiography, link to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.