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Become A Diagnostic Technician

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Working As A Diagnostic Technician

  • 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

  • $56,670

    Average Salary

What Does A Diagnostic Technician Do At BHI Energy

* Monitoring data from various applications including SCADA, SMS (Sensor Management System), OMS, PI Historian, and others
* Performing basic load flow analysis on primary distribution networks using CYME
* Evaluating outage information based on notes and customer descriptions in OMS
* Working in SAP to support the ongoing operations and maintenance of distribution capacitors and regulators
* Using PI DataLink in MS Excel to evaluate DSCADA power flow information and create resources for the VVO program
* Create switching orders and scheduled work in TOA for distribution load transfers
* Utilizing waveform analytics and other fault event data to validate and improve real-time distribution fault response and restoration.
* Develop technical designs, operational documentation, installation procedures, and testing activities for emerging grid applications and technologies

What Does A Diagnostic Technician Do At ZF

* Utilize soldering to wire units and remove components for analysis.
* Performs initial investigations for customer returned Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems.
* Receive, inspect, and initiate testing on returned systems.
* Identify root cause sub-system, component or software issue within EPS systems.
* Works efficiently to analyze claims quickly in order to meet customer deadlines.
* Adapt to testing requests based on customer demands
* Document the results of electrical investigations by writing clear and concise reports.
* Maintains 5S in workspaces and follows ESD protocols.
* Supports facility during External and Internal audits.
* Receives, packages, and ships EPS returns and components.
* Provide regular communications and updates on activities/issues to Lab Supervisor.
* Participates in internal reviews.
* Works to ensure data accuracy in ZF
* TRW parts analysis database

What Does A Diagnostic Technician Do At UPMC

* Assists in talent acquisition interviews for successful recruitment of technologist candidates and provides feedback for annual performance reviews.
* Assists with quality assurance projects and assists in the development of exam protocols alongside of or in place of advanced technologists and communicates results back to departmental leadership.
* Assumes the leadership role in the absence of the supervisor
* Coordinates daily workflow and schedule of the department while maintaining staffing levels based on, but not limited to, call offs, vacations, patient volumes, and training needs.
* Leads orientation and training for new hires, students and other medical personnel; ensures competencies are completed in the required time frame.
* Responsible for offering remediation with technologists when necessary
* Performs all responsibilities of Diagnostic Tech I and Advanced Diagnostic Tech II

What Does A Diagnostic Technician Do At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

* Prepares and positions patients for diagnostic exams of various parts of the body which includes setting up equipment and patient in relation to each other to provide best demonstration of body part under study.
* Enters instructions into computers,monitors and evaluates images for accuracy and completeness of order.
* Makes necessary adjustments when judged to be necessary.
* Evaluates radiographs for image quality and completeness.
* Responds to patient's physical and psychological needs.
* Explains all procedures in a clear and concise manner without causing unnecessary anxiety.
* Uses Proper Hand Hygiene before and after patient contact.
* Observes patient's condition and reports any change to nurse or physician

What Does A Diagnostic Technician Do At Community Regional Medical Center

* Community Regional Medical Center located in Fresno, CA is currently seeking a Diagnostic Rad Tech 2 to join our team of dedicated professionals.
* As a Diagnostic Rad Tech 2 you’ll perform a variety of imaging procedures and will be responsible for patient safety protocols, set up examination rooms, prepare patients prior to bringing to the exam room.
* You will be require to have all necessary equipment is ready for use and secures medical records, confirm correct procedure and patient identity prior to staring the procedure
* You will collaborate with other medical team members, physicians and nurses.
* Not only will you have the opportunity for professional growth and development but, we will help you to be successful in this role.
* Are you our ideal candidate? We are looking for someone who can demonstrate radiologic technologist skills.
* Someone who is a great communicator who can convey information effectively to patients and patients families with the ability to explain procedures thoroughly to their satisfaction
* You will have a working knowledge in radiation protection devices with the ability to perform a variety of imagingprocedures

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How To Become A Diagnostic Technician

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.


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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Real Diagnostic Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Molecular Diagnostic Technician Insight Medical Genetics Chicago, IL Jun 17, 2016 $61,500
Medical & Diagnostic Technologist Navarro Orthodontix of McAllen, PLLC Irving, TX Sep 23, 2014 $52,000
Medical & Diagnostic Technologist Navarro Orthodontix of McAllen, PLLC Edinburg, TX Sep 23, 2014 $52,000
Molecular Diagnostic Technologist Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Oct 01, 2013 $50,918
Molecular Diagnostics Technologist I Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Oct 01, 2012 $49,920
Molecular Diagnostic Technologist 1 Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jan 01, 2015 $48,796
Molecular Diagnostic Technologist Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jan 01, 2013 $48,796
Lead, Diagnostic Technologist Medical Diagnostic Services Skokie, IL Apr 09, 2010 $43,430
Lead, Diagnostic Technologist Medical Diagnostic Services Skokie, IL Oct 10, 2008 $43,430

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Top Skills for A Diagnostic Technician


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Top Diagnostic Technician Skills

  1. Diagnostic Radiographic Procedures
  2. Diagnostic Tests
  3. Diagnostic Radiology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Complete diagnostic radiographic procedures in the radiology department of a 500-bed teaching hospital.
  • Run Dos and Windows diagnostic tests via in house designed software testing program to determine system functionality.
  • Coordinated daily operations in a Diagnostic Radiology outpatient and hospital setting.
  • Cultivate and strengthen professional relationships with physicians and medical professionals to drive cohesive, accurate patient care.
  • Performed diagnosis of HP and Compaq Notebooks using a combination of commercial and proprietary processing tools and methods for hardware analysis.

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