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Become A X-Ray Technician

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Working As A X-Ray Technician

  • 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 X-Ray Technician Do

An X-Ray Technician operates the medical equipment used to take radiographic images of specific parts of a patient's body. They also interview the patients, determine their exact medical concerns, collect the surveyed data, and document it in the system.

How To Become A X-Ray Technician

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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X-Ray Technician Demographic

Gender

  • Female

    62.2%
  • Male

    36.3%
  • Unknown

    1.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.1%
  • Asian

    7.1%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    63.8%
  • Hindi

    3.0%
  • French

    3.0%
  • Vietnamese

    2.6%
  • Korean

    2.6%
  • German

    2.6%
  • Russian

    2.2%
  • Chinese

    2.2%
  • Polish

    2.2%
  • Mandarin

    1.8%
  • Tagalog

    1.8%
  • Italian

    1.8%
  • Arabic

    1.8%
  • Armenian

    1.5%
  • Portuguese

    1.5%
  • Cantonese

    1.5%
  • Urdu

    1.5%
  • Marathi

    1.1%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Ukrainian

    0.7%
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Top Skills for A X-Ray Technician

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Top X-Ray Technician Skills

  1. Special Procedures
  2. Radiology Department
  3. Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist with angiography and other special procedures.
  • Performed clerical duties for the Radiology department, such as registering and logging in and out radiology patients.
  • Provided Patient care information on health issues and medications.
  • Assist Radiologic Technologists and CT Technologists by safely transporting patients to and from department.
  • Complete flu test, urinalysis, strep test, EKG, Also front desk check in and check out duties.

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