What Does a Radiologic Technician Do?

Radiology Technicians perform diagnostic imaging testing with x-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans. There are several alternative names for a radiologic technician such as a limited scope x-ray machine operator and x-ray technician. The primary job of a technician is to properly administer x-rays, which includes following the many safety procedures required as well as walking the patient comfortably through the procedure.

Good communication skills are helpful to convey information to doctors and medical staff.

Specialized certifications are needed to perform mammograms, cardiovascular-interventional radiography, and sonograms.

Radiology Technicians often work in hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, or doctor’s offices.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Associate Degree from an accredited radiologic technician training program
  • Licensure by the state varies
  • Certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)


Schools for Radiologic Technologists

Online training is available in this field. Click here to find an accredited program by state.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of Radiology Technicians will increase by approximately 9% between 2018 and 2028.

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