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Working As A Principal 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

  • $119,290

    Average Salary

What Does A Principal 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 Principal 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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Principal Technologist Career Paths

Principal Technologist
Principal Principal Consultant Consultant/Project Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Solutions Architect Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Consultant Information Technology Manager
Global Information Technology Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Product Manager
Global Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Contractor/Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Chief Information Officer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Business Developer Business Development Consultant
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Senior Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Principal Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

16.3%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.7%

French

9.1%

Chinese

7.3%

Russian

7.3%

German

5.5%

Mandarin

5.5%

Dakota

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Czech

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Hungarian

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Slovak

1.8%

Armenian

1.8%

Dutch

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%

Shan

1.8%
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Principal Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.4%

University of Houston

8.3%

George Washington University

6.1%

George Mason University

6.1%

Strayer University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

Villanova University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

Community College of the Air Force

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Lamar University

3.8%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.8%

Case Western Reserve University

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of Memphis

3.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

University of Virginia

3.8%
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Majors

Business

17.2%

Computer Science

13.8%

Electrical Engineering

13.8%

Information Technology

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Management

4.7%

Mechanical Engineering

4.4%

Chemical Engineering

4.0%

Finance

3.5%

Mathematics

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.0%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Chemistry

2.8%

Information Systems

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Psychology

2.1%

Human Resources Management

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Masters

28.0%

Other

18.9%

Associate

8.1%

Doctorate

6.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Principal Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Display Technologist Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 17, 2016 $240,000
Principal-Technology Research Analyst 7TH Sense Research Redondo Beach, CA Jan 09, 2016 $200,000
Principal, Technology, Technology Strategy & Architecture Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Oct 13, 2015 $188,844 -
$192,310
Principal Technical Business Developer Amazon Web Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 10, 2016 $185,000
Principal Technical Business Developer Amazon Web Services, Inc. New York, NY Jan 18, 2016 $185,000
Principal IT Performance and Scalability Engineer Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA May 07, 2015 $180,000
Principal Technologist IV Nuovo Solutions LLC Greenwood Village, CO Nov 14, 2016 $180,000
Principal, Technical Lead (Data Management) Applied Predictive Technologies San Francisco, CA Jan 09, 2016 $170,000
Technical Platform Solutions Principal Itelligence, Inc. Cincinnati, OH Mar 15, 2016 $170,000
Lead Principal Technical Architect at&T Mobility Services, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 08, 2015 $165,633
Lead Principal Technical Architect at&T Mobility Services, LLC Atlanta, GA Sep 11, 2015 $165,633
Tech Yahoo, Paranoid, Principal Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 27, 2015 $163,000 -
$183,000
Principal Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited NJ Sep 25, 2016 $156,365
Principal Technology Architect-US Infosys Limited San Francisco, CA Jun 28, 2015 $155,000
Principal-Technology Security at&T Services, Inc. Bothell, WA Jan 10, 2016 $124,503
Principal Technical Architect at&T Services, Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL Dec 03, 2015 $123,946
Principal Technical Professional KBR Technical Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 15, 2015 $123,261
Principal IT Developer Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 11, 2016 $123,240
Principal Technical Consultant Sap America, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 17, 2015 $122,438
Principal Technical Professional KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 07, 2015 $122,400
Principal, IT Solution Owner T-Mobile USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 14, 2016 $122,000 -
$129,000
Principal IT Developer Symantec Corporation Mountain View, CA Apr 08, 2015 $122,000
Principal Special Technology Engineer Osram Sylvania, Inc. Danvers, MA Sep 25, 2015 $110,897
Principal Technical Professional-Subsea KBR, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 27, 2016 $110,611
Principal Tech Prof-Engineering/Petrophysical Applications Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 27, 2015 $110,469
Principal Tech Prof-Engineering/Petrophysical Applications Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 16, 2015 $110,469
Principal Technical Architect at&T Services, Inc. Plano, TX Sep 06, 2015 $110,240
Principal Technical Professional-Cementing Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2015 $110,044
Principal Technical Consultant Systime Computer Corporation Mansfield, MA Oct 22, 2016 $110,000
Principal Technical Manager Nokia Solutions and Networks Us LLC Irving, TX Aug 18, 2016 $110,000

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