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Working As A Chief Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $112,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Technologist Do

Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images. 

Duties

Radiologic and MRI technologists typically do the following:

  • Adjust and maintain imaging equipment
  • Precisely follow orders from physicians on what areas of the body to image
  • Prepare patients for procedures, including taking a medical history and answering questions about the procedure
  • Protect the patient by shielding exposed areas that do not need to be imaged
  • Position the patient and the equipment in order to get the correct image
  • Operate the computerized equipment to take the images
  • Work with physicians to evaluate the images and to determine whether additional images need to be taken
  • Keep detailed patient records

Healthcare professionals use many types of equipment to diagnose patients. Radiologic technologists specialize in x-ray and computed tomography (CT) imaging. Some radiologic technologists prepare a mixture for the patient to drink that allows soft tissue to be viewed on the images that the radiologist reviews.

Radiologic technologists might also specialize in mammography. Mammographers use low-dose x-ray systems to produce images of the breast. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

MRI technologists specialize in magnetic resonance imaging scanners. They inject patients with contrast dyes so that the images will show up on the scanner. The scanners use magnetic fields in combination with the contrast agent to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical problems.

Healthcare professionals who specialize in other diagnostic equipment include nuclear medicine technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers, and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists.

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How To Become A Chief Technologist

Radiologic technologists and MRI technologists typically need an associate’s degree. Many MRI technologists start out as radiologic technologists and specialize later in their career. Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics. 

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

MRI technologists typically have less than 5 years of work experience as radiologic technologists.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiologic and MRI technologists must follow exact instructions to get the images needed for diagnoses.

Interpersonal skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or mentally stressed. Technologists must be able to put the patient at ease to get usable images.

Math skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists may need to calculate and mix the right doses of chemicals used in imaging procedures.

Physical stamina. Radiologic and MRI technologists often work on their feet for long periods during their shift and they must be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiologic and MRI technologists must understand how to operate complex machinery.

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Chief Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

73.1%

Female

24.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

French

8.3%

Russian

6.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Dutch

2.1%

Latvian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Dari

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Choctaw

2.1%

Navajo

2.1%

Croatian

2.1%
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Chief Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.0%

George Washington University

9.6%

Webster University

7.0%

Community College of the Air Force

7.0%

Northeastern University

7.0%

Colorado Technical University

6.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

More Tech Institute

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

University of Southern California

3.8%

University of North Dakota

3.2%

Ferris State University

3.2%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

3.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

Santa Fe Community College

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

Thomas Edison State University

3.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.2%

Purdue University

3.2%

Arkansas State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

Medical Technician

14.2%

Electrical Engineering

10.7%

Computer Science

9.0%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

6.3%

Management

6.1%

Information Technology

4.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.5%

Medicine

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Nursing

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

Chemistry

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

28.0%

Other

25.1%

Masters

22.1%

Associate

13.8%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

4.3%

Diploma

1.4%
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Real Chief Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Technical Architect Synopsys, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 07, 2016 $260,000 -
$280,000
Chief Technical Advisor-Process KBR, Inc. Houston, TX May 01, 2014 $220,000
Chief Technologist Red DBA Red Digital Cinema Company Lake Forest, CA Dec 06, 2010 $200,000
Chief Technologist, Healthcare R&D Nuance Communications, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 12, 2010 $187,600
Chief Technologist, Healthcare R&D Nuance Communications, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 09, 2010 $187,600
Chief Technologist, Healthcare R&D Nuance Communications, Inc. Burlington, MA Oct 19, 2009 $187,600
Chief Technology Manager ANUE Water Technologies, Inc. Vista, CA Dec 29, 2014 $160,867
Chief Technology Kovarus, Inc. Trophy Club, TX Jun 30, 2013 $160,000
Chief Technologiest, Research and Development Delta Galil USA, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jul 01, 2015 $160,000
Chief Technologist Transform Holdings, Inc. Boise, ID Nov 30, 2010 $159,800
Chief Technology Architect Nowbee, Inc. Concord, CA Sep 15, 2014 $155,667
Chief Technical Architect Nabbr Corporation New York, NY Aug 29, 2011 $155,000
Chief Technical Architect Nabbr Corporation New York, NY Sep 06, 2011 $155,000
Chief Technology Architect Compliance Technologies International, LLP Andover, MA Nov 08, 2010 $150,883
Chief Advisor-Global Technical Services Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $150,000
Chief Technologist, Research and Development Delta Galil USA, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jul 01, 2014 $150,000 -
$160,000
Chief Technologist, Industrial Design Delta Galil USA, Inc. Beaverton, OR Sep 19, 2012 $150,000
Chief of Technology and Operations Geocorr LLC Houston, TX Oct 16, 2015 $147,784
Chief Technologist Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 10, 2015 $130,000
Chief Technologist Legacy Parts Corporation Los Angeles, CA Sep 11, 2014 $115,000 -
$135,000
Chief Technologist/Researcher Fyusion, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 09, 2014 $115,000
Chief Technical Director Dentopia, Inc. Manassas Park, VA Apr 01, 2011 $110,882
Chief Technical Director Dentopia, Inc. Manassas, VA Nov 23, 2009 $110,882
Chief Technical Director Dentopia, Inc. Manassas, VA Jun 15, 2010 $110,882
Chief Technical Director Dentopia, Inc. Manassas, VA Jan 01, 2010 $110,027
Chief Blockchain Technologist Ribbit Me USA Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $110,000 -
$135,000
Chief Technologist Atreca, Inc. San Carlos, CA Sep 20, 2013 $110,000 -
$150,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Technologist

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Top Chief Technologist Skills

  1. New Procedures
  2. Lab
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established new procedures and maintained existing administrative records according to new regulations.
  • Ensured compliance with regulatory, architectural guidelines, and industry standards/ processes by collaboration with Government agencies/contractors/ & private industry.
  • Directed day to day international technical support operations worldwide.
  • Handled all problems with the MRI machine from physician complaints to service.
  • Enforced compliance with all safety standards.

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