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Working As A Senior Staff 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

  • $82,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Staff 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 Senior Staff 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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Senior Staff Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

56.8%

Female

34.4%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

55.3%

Asian

15.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

15.4%

Spanish

15.4%

Thai

15.4%

Vietnamese

7.7%

French

7.7%

Mandarin

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Russian

7.7%

Polish

7.7%

Korean

7.7%
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Senior Staff Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

University of Maryland - University College

7.4%

University of Houston

7.4%

Johns Hopkins University

5.9%

Ashford University

5.9%

Arizona State University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.4%

American University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of California - Berkeley

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.4%

University of Virginia

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

San Francisco State University

4.4%

Washington State University

2.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.9%

University of California - San Diego

2.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.9%
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Majors

Computer Science

21.0%

Business

15.7%

Electrical Engineering

10.5%

Medical Technician

9.7%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

4.8%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Information Technology

4.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Physics

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Health Sciences And Services

2.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.4%

Management

2.0%

Biology

2.0%

Medicine

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Geology

2.0%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Nursing

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.9%

Masters

24.3%

Other

14.2%

Associate

11.5%

Doctorate

8.4%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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$45,000
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$82,000
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$82,000
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Best Paying Company
VMware
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
5.5 years
How much does a Senior Staff Technologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Staff Technologist in the United States is $83,050 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $151,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Staff Technologist

  1. Interventional Procedures
  2. Data Management
  3. Radiology
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  • Provided data management services associated with all manufacturing and systems implementation and upgrade efforts by the Metric and TSPI System Division.
  • Complete responsibility of Radiology Department in absence of director.
  • Received Senior Management recognition for consistently ensuring customer satisfaction and providing patient care in a timely, professional, efficient manner.
  • Delivered critical technical support for Value Based Engineering department focused on strategic company projects.
  • Prepared UNIX configuration scripts and administered suite of tools, including packaging of applications, imaging deployment and network scanner.

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