An x-ray technician is a professional who works in the hospital to perform imaging tests on patients by request from medical personnel for diagnostic purposes. They operate x-ray equipment to get images of different areas of the body. They adjust x-ray machines as needed to ensure clear and accurate imaging. They also evaluate, interpret and report x-ray imaging results, make treatment recommendations based on x-ray results and ensure the patient is comfortable and protected from radiation.
Some skills associated with an x-ray technician include; analytical skills to be able to interpret results and strong communication skills, both verbal and written. They also require organizational, time management, and mechanical skills. They should be willing to spend long periods of time on their feet, perform heavy lifting equipment, and be frequently exposed to radiation. They might also work long hours, with evenings and weekends sometimes required.
A minimum of an associate's degree is required and, in most cases, a bachelor's degree. They earn an average salary of $57,450 per year. Some certifications for this job might include; The American Registry of Radiologist's Technicians, Registered Radiology Assistant, Radiologic Technologists Mammography Certification, and Therapeutic Radiologic Technology Certification.