Healthcare Radiology Technician
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$48,600 - $92,800 17,300+

What Does a Radiology Tech Do?

Radiology techs look inside the human body with only imaging equipment — no scalpel required. 

These techs — also called radiologic technologists, radiographers or radiology technologists — perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans. 

They often specialize in an imagery area, such as mammography or bone density scans. They can also specialize in the use of a certain machine, such as MRI techs, who operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.

Radiology techs work closely with physicians as they make diagnoses and create treatment plans. That's why working well on a team and being a good communicator are two important skills for this job. 

If you have those skills and like the idea of working with technology to help solve medical issues, keep reading! There’s a lot to learn about this in-demand career.

A radiology tech consults with a doctor before scanning a patient
Medical imaging equipment evolves quickly, which means radiology techs often get the opportunity to learn new skills. (Credit: Tyler Olson/Shutterstock)


  • Prepare patients for the procedure
  • Review and update patient charts and doctor’s notes
  • Prepare and administer the mixture that patients drink to create contrast in diagnostic images
  • Position patients to ensure clear images
  • Monitor patients during procedure
  • Practice "ALARA," an acronym for As Low as Reasonably Achievable, which refers to keeping the exposure to radiation as far below the dose limits as possible
  • Calibrate the equipment
  • Log and organize image results
  • Develop film and assist radiologists with the interpretation of results
  • Ensure the proper sterilization and maintenance of equipment

How To Become a Radiology Tech: FAQs

The bottom line:

This medical role is a great fit for someone who likes working with patients and technology but isn’t ready for the time commitment of becoming a registered nurse or doctor. Plus, for a hard worker, there’s plenty of room for learning and career growth in this profession. That's just one of the reasons this is one of SkillPointe's highest-paying skilled jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree. If that sounds appealing to you, check out SkillPointe’s listings for training options near you.

Amy Ward, radiology tech ambassador, at St. Augustine Imaging Center

Why becoming a radiology tech is worthwhile

Amy Ward didn’t even know she wanted to work in radiology technology. When her best friend had an interview, she went along to be helpful — and she found her career.

"I just went for support," says Amy. "But I was the one who fell in love with the program!"

Amy says if you're compassionate and patient, this is a job well-worth considering.

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