The Field of Radiography

Radiology is a rapidly growing science that has become a significant element of health care. Since X-ray was discovered in 1895, it has developed into a complex and exciting branch of medicine which has created a nationwide demand for qualified medical radiographers.

What Does the Radiographer Do?

The Radiographer utilizes X-ray equipment to produce pictures, called radiographs, of internal parts of the body. The Radiographer assists the Radiologist and other physicians in operating the equipment, selecting exposure factors, developing radiographs, and positioning the patient. The Radiographer is responsible for protective procedures and devices to guard both the patient and personnel from radiation hazards. The Radiographer work s with other allied health technologists, nurses, and physicians as part of the medical team providing for the total health care of the patient. 

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Career Advancement

Radiographers are employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, public health, mobile x-ray companies, and industry. With more specialized education, a qualified Radiographer may advance into the areas of Radiation Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), education, or administration.

According to a recent survey by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the average national wage for radiologic technologists in 2013 was $62,763 per year. Incomes for entry-level radiologic technologists (those with two years or less experience) averaged $45,878 per year. Technologists who work in specialty areas such as CT or MRI typically earn more. 




Radiologic Technology

National certification ( ARRT )


X-Ray Technician

PA license