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Radiologic Technologists - 29-2034.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Computed Tomography Technologist (CT Technologist)
  • Mammographer
  • Mammography Technologist
  • MRI Technologist (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist)
  • Radiographer
  • Radiologic Technologist (RT)
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Staff Technologist
  • X-Ray Technologist (X-Ray Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities.
  • Check quality of diagnostic images.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Manage healthcare operations.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Monitor video displays of medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Repair medical facility equipment.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced X-Ray Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Basic X-Ray Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Apprentice, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Craftsman, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Helper, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mammography Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radiology Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist
  • Diagnostic Imaging Specialty
  • Diagnostic Imaging Specialty (Radiologist/Nuclear/Ultra Sound/MRI)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician
  • Mammography Technologist

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Radiologic Technologist, Chief
  • Special Procedures Technologist, Angiogram
  • Special Procedures Technologist, Ct Scan
  • Special Procedures Technologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound Technologist