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Radiological Technologist (X-Ray Technologist)

Job Description

You can learn a lot from someone's photograph - their character, personality, etc. You can learn more about someone from a "photograph" of their internal organs. These photographs (x-rays) can tell you about their physical make-up, the functioning of their nervous system, their bones, and any signs of illness.

Radiological technologists use high-tech x-ray equipment to produce images of patients' internal organs and bone structure, which help diagnose medical problems. They also reassure, counsel, and educate patients, and ensure equipment is properly functioning. They ensure that patients receive the lowest amounts of radiation while obtaining a high quality image

Interesting Facts

Of the four disciplines under the heading "Medical Radiation Technologist", 80% are Radiological technologists. The other three disciplines are Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Magnetic Resonance Technologists.

Working Conditions

Most Radiological technologists work in hospitals or private clinics. They spend a lot of the day walking, sitting at computer stations manipulating images and talking to patients.

X-Ray Technologists work a 40 hour week, often on a shift basis. They work closely with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and other health-care professionals.


$38,000 - $50,000 a year.


(a) Personal Characteristics

A Radiological technologist must be able to work with people, especially those who are sick or in stressful situations. Empathy with and sympathy for your patients are very important. Strong organizational skills and solid technical skills are also required.

(b) High School

In high school, biology or chemistry, math, physics and English are extremely important. Admission requirements for post-secondary education checked carefully.

(c) Post Secondary

Starting in 2005, the minimum requirement for those specializing in Radiology technology is a four year degree program. Dalhousie University offers a four year degree program that provides an integrated course of study that includes both theory and practice.

(d) Certification

While in an educational program in Nova Scotia, students are required to obtain membership in the Nova Scotia Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (NSAMRT). After successfully completing a degree in radiological technology, students must pass exams set by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Therapists (CAMRT).

Future Prospects

According to UNB Saint John, employment opportunities in this field are excellent.

Related Jobs with Future Growth

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapist


What Can I do Now?

  • Explore websites
  • Read testimonials (Career Cruising)
  • Interview/job shadow a radiological technologist in your local area
  • Have a radiological technologist come to your class/school
  • Choose the high school subjects needed to start your path to this career. Aim to achieve high grades.
  • Volunteer in health related professions or in a hospital.

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