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Working As A 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

  • $56,670

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Staff Technologist Career Paths

Staff Technologist
X-Ray Technician Office Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Adjunct Faculty Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor PRN Medical Technologist
Director Of Laboratory Services
11 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician CT Technologist Radiology Supervisor
Director Of Radiology
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Radiology
Imaging Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Physician Radiologic Technician
Manager Of Imaging
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Clinical Specialist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Director General Manager Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist Chief Technology Officer Principal Consultant
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Leader Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Clinical Instructor Instructor
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Production Manager Engineering Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Project Engineer Product Developer
Research And Development Director
12 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Lead Technician Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
MRI Technologist 5.1 years
Staff Technologist 5.0 years
CT Technologist 4.9 years
X-Ray Technician 4.3 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.0%
Manager 4.0%
Supervisor 3.6%
Consultant 2.9%
Technician 2.8%
Cashier 2.7%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 5.4%
Manager 4.5%
Consultant 3.7%
Internship 2.7%

Staff Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

53.1%

Female

44.1%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Asian

9.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.6%

French

13.0%

German

5.8%

Mandarin

5.8%

Arabic

5.8%

Italian

4.3%

Filipino

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Tagalog

2.9%

Swedish

1.4%

Irish

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Czech

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Korean

1.4%
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Staff Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.2%

Northeastern University

7.1%

George Washington University

6.6%

Midwestern State University

6.1%

Community College of Rhode Island

6.1%

University of Houston

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.6%

Middlesex County College

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

Purdue University

4.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.6%

Weber State University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.1%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

University of South Alabama

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

University of Southern California

3.6%

University of New Mexico

3.6%

Syracuse University

3.0%
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Majors

Medical Technician

25.6%

Business

12.5%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

10.7%

Computer Science

8.0%

Electrical Engineering

7.2%

Management

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Information Technology

3.0%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Education

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Medicine

2.3%

Military Technology

2.0%

Nursing

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Psychology

1.9%

Physics

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.6%

Associate

19.6%

Other

18.5%

Masters

16.0%

Certificate

7.1%

Doctorate

4.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Staff Technologist

DiagnosticRadiologyFluoroscopicExamsRoutineMRIDiagnosticMammographyHardwareTraumaPatientCareGeneralRadiographyEmergencyRoomLabRadiationSafetyFacilitySurgeryWindowsPacsC-ArmNuclearMedicineWebLaboratory

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Top Staff Technologist Skills

  1. Diagnostic Radiology
  2. Fluoroscopic Exams
  3. Routine
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experienced in all aspects of Diagnostic Radiology, including Quality Assurance
  • Staff technologist in the Radiology department performing all general imaging procedures including fixed, mobile and fluoroscopic exams.
  • Performed routine diagnostic radiologic examinations and computed tomography.
  • Performed MRI examinations utilizing Philips, GE, and Hitachi MRI scanners in an outpatient setting
  • Registered Mammographer Duties performed include: Performed routine and diagnostic mammography under direct supervision of radiologist.

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