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Working As A Senior 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

  • $91,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 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 Technologist Career Paths

Senior Technologist
Lead Technician Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Manager
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Vice President Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Production Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Co-Founder
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Production Manager Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Group Leader
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Manager Technical Support Manager
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Systems Senior Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Assistant Branch Manager Banking Center Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Technician Senior Engineer Technical Manager
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Senior Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

72.0%

Female

19.7%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

7.7%

Mandarin

4.4%

German

4.4%

Russian

4.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Carrier

3.7%

Cantonese

3.7%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Japanese

1.7%

Korean

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Swedish

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%
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Senior Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.5%

Universal Technical Institute

6.2%

Community College of the Air Force

5.3%

The Academy

4.8%

More Tech Institute

4.8%

University of Houston

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

Strayer University

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Austin Community College

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Purdue University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

16.9%

Electrical Engineering

15.6%

Computer Science

8.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.3%

Information Technology

5.3%

Automotive Technology

5.1%

Biology

4.9%

Computer Information Systems

4.7%

Computer Networking

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Management

3.3%

General Studies

3.2%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Psychology

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Chemistry

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.1%

Nursing

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.9%

Other

29.2%

Associate

19.5%

Masters

9.7%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.3%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
South Dakota
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Technologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Technologist in the United States is $91,519 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $52,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $160,000.

Real Senior Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bakery Senior Technologist Craftmark Bakery LLC Indianapolis, IN Aug 30, 2016 $247,831
Bakery Senior Technologist Craftmark Bakery LLC Indianapolis, IN Sep 30, 2016 $247,831
Senior .NET Tech Lead Publishers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Aug 31, 2015 $188,977
Senior Tech Lead Architecture Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Somerset, NJ Nov 01, 2016 $155,020
SR. Tech Lead Architecture Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Santa Ana, CA May 18, 2015 $155,020
Senior Tech Lead Architecture Galaxe.Solutions, Inc. Irving, TX Nov 01, 2016 $155,020
Senior Tech Lead Publishers Clearing House, LLC Port Washington, NY Jun 24, 2016 $153,339
Senior Business Intelligence Technologist Chateaux Software Westport, CT Dec 13, 2016 $140,000
Senior Technologist Avalanche Technology, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 15, 2016 $135,000
Senior Technical Conslutant Next Generation, Inc. New York, NY Apr 05, 2016 $135,000
SR. Technical Arhictect Hexaware Technologies, Inc. McLean, VA Sep 21, 2015 $125,000
Senior Business Intelligence Technologist Chateaux Software Westport, CT Sep 22, 2016 $123,552
Senior Technologist Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 21, 2016 $104,478 -
$126,100
Senior Technology Consulant Sap America, Inc. New York, NY Nov 22, 2016 $101,191
Senior Tech Lead Energy Solutions International, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 31, 2016 $100,800 -
$113,761
Senior Creative Technologist TBWA Worldwide Inc. New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $100,000 -
$140,000
Senior Creative Technologist TBWA Worldwide Inc. New York, NY Sep 06, 2016 $100,000 -
$140,000
Senior Technologist EMC Corporation Cambridge, MA Mar 30, 2015 $98,152 -
$117,000
Senior LNG Technician (Operations) Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP Lusby, MD Sep 17, 2016 $97,500
Senior Technologist Pepperidge Farm, Inc. Norwalk, CT Dec 03, 2015 $92,518
Senior Java Tech Lead Hartford Fire Insurance Company Charlotte, NC Jul 27, 2015 $92,000 -
$138,000
Senior Java Tech Lead Hartford Fire Insurance Company Charlotte, NC Jul 20, 2015 $92,000 -
$138,000
SR Cnsltnt, Tech, Deloitte Digital, Customer Engagemt, Commerce & Content Deloitte Consulting LLP New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $91,563 -
$164,300
Senior Engineeer, Technology & Integration Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Aug 05, 2015 $91,416 -
$112,000
Senior LNG Technician (Operations) Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP Lusby, MD Sep 17, 2016 $90,000
Senior Technologist Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 01, 2015 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Technologist

  1. Customer Service
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Technical Support
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  • Direct entry level and mid-level technicians on proper aircraft tooling and maintenance safety procedures.
  • Served as operating system expert, providing technical support for entire organization.
  • Repaired, upgraded, and modernized customer equipment, focusing on ongoing inspections and preventative maintenance.
  • Created process to figure out if trading application issues are Network, Firewall, PC or Vendor issues related.

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