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Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic technologists produce x-ray films (radiographs) of parts of the human body for use in diagnosing medical problems. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure, removing jewelry and other articles through which x-rays cannot pass, and positioning patients so that the parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed.

Hours: Most full-time radiologic technologists work about 40 hours a week. They may, however, have evening, weekend, or on-call hours.

Opportunities: More than 60 percent of all jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers.

Pay: Median annual earnings of radiologic technologists were $48,170.

Training: Preparation for this profession is offered in hospitals, colleges and universities, and less frequently at vocational-technical institutes.

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition , Radiologic Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos105.htm (visited July 22, 2009 ).

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