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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

  • $53,000

    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
Instructor Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Service Manager Regional Service Manager
Area Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Lead Technician Operations Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Professor Operations Officer
Chief Deputy
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Product Manager Product Management Director
Chief Product Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist Technical Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Assistant Professor Scientist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Clinical Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Instructor Instructor Project Manager
Owner/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Information Technology Director Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Production Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
X-Ray Technician Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Radiologic Technician Lead Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mammography Technician CT Technologist Lead Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Technologist 5.0 years
CT Technologist 4.9 years
X-Ray Technician 4.5 years
Top Careers Before Staff Technologist
Internship 5.3%
Manager 3.7%
Supervisor 3.4%
Consultant 3.3%
Technician 3.2%
Cashier 3.0%
Top Careers After Staff Technologist
Supervisor 5.7%
Manager 4.1%
Consultant 3.7%
Internship 2.8%

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Staff Technologist Demographics

Gender

Male

52.5%

Female

44.7%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

10.0%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.6%

French

10.8%

Mandarin

6.2%

Arabic

6.2%

German

4.6%

Italian

4.6%

Filipino

3.1%

Tagalog

3.1%

Swedish

1.5%

Irish

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Czech

1.5%

Hebrew

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Korean

1.5%
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Staff Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.3%

George Washington University

7.6%

Northeastern University

7.6%

Midwestern State University

6.5%

University of Houston

6.0%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

6.0%

Middlesex County College

5.4%

Community College of Rhode Island

5.4%

University of Iowa

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Weber State University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of South Alabama

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.3%

Ferris State University

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.3%

Bunker Hill Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Medical Technician

25.4%

Business

12.0%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

10.9%

Computer Science

7.7%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Management

3.3%

Information Technology

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.8%

Education

2.4%

Nursing

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Medicine

2.2%

Psychology

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Military Technology

2.1%

Biology

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.4%

Associate

20.1%

Other

18.3%

Masters

16.1%

Certificate

7.1%

Doctorate

3.9%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.3%
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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Staff Technologist

Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$24,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
VMware
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does a Staff Technologist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Technologist in the United States is $53,760 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

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Top Skills for A Staff Technologist

  1. Special Procedures
  2. Radiology
  3. Digital X-Rays
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed routine diagnostic and special procedures, duties included operating room and emergency room coverage
  • Operated scanning/imaging, photographic, audio-visual, and other radiology and safety equipment.
  • Performed general radiography, fluoroscopic procedures while primarily assigned to the OR.
  • Performed screening and diagnostic mammography.
  • Perform diagnostic, fluoroscopic, operating and emergency room imaging procedures.

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Top 10 Best States for Staff Technologists

  1. Alaska
  2. Oregon
  3. Hawaii
  4. Nevada
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. California
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Arizona
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