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Radiologic Technicians

Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.   (O'Net 29-2099.06)

 
Reported job titles:   Bone Density Technologist, Cat Scanner Operator, Chief Technician, X-Ray (Chief Tech, X-Ray), Computed Tomography Scanner Operator, EEG Technician (Electroencephalographic Technician), EKG Tech (Electrocardiographic Technician)   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other which includes:
                          - Neurodiagnostic Technologists
                          - Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
                          - Radiologic Technicians
                          - Surgical Assistants
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 13.95   $ 16.34   $ 20.37   $ 27.53   $ 33.66   $ 22.46  
    Yearly $29,020   $33,980   $42,370   $57,270   $70,010   $46,720  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.88   $ 17.78   $ 23.78   $ 28.15   $ 31.37   $ 23.38  
    Yearly $33,020   $36,980   $49,470   $58,550   $65,250   $48,640  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.91   $ 14.30   $ 17.86   $ 26.61   $ 34.28   $ 20.69  
    Yearly $26,860   $29,730   $37,150   $55,340   $71,310   $43,030  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other which includes:
                                  - Neurodiagnostic Technologists
                                  - Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
                                  - Radiologic Technicians
                                  - Surgical Assistants
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 129 152 1.7% 3
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other which includes:
                                - Neurodiagnostic Technologists
                                - Ophthalmic Medical Technologists
                                - Radiologic Technicians
                                - Surgical Assistants
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 46.0%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 39.2%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 4.3%
    Federal government, all industries 3.7%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 2.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Position x-ray equipment and adjust controls to set exposure factors, such as time and distance.
     
  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
     
  • Position patient on examining table and set up and adjust equipment to obtain optimum view of specific body area as requested by physician.
     
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.
     
  • Explain procedures to patients to reduce anxieties and obtain cooperation.
     
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading requests or instructions from physicians.
     
  • Prepare and set up x-ray room for patient.
     
  • Make exposures necessary for the requested procedures, rejecting and repeating work that does not meet established standards.
     
  • Operate digital picture archiving communications systems.
     
  • Transport patients to or from exam rooms.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Knowledge
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Skills
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Abilities
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Work Activities
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Interests
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Radiologic Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Radiologic Technicians
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians  updated July 2013
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Radiologic Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Radiologist Assistant. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    for Radiologic Technicians
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Radiologic Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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