Radiographer (X-ray)

Health Careers

About the Career

Radiographers take X-rays and administer nonradioactive materials into patients’ blood streams for diagnostic purposes. Some specialize in diagnostic imaging technologies such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). X-ray technologists assist physicians in determining the condition of patients for treating injuries or disease. Radiographers have constant patient contact, so they must possess excellent communication skills, a dependable personality, and a mature and caring nature. Radiologic services are offered in various settings such as hospitals, health care facilities, physicians’ offices, mobile imaging companies, industrial plants, research centers, government agencies, commercial sales, and marketing. A person trained in this profession may also specialize or pursue a career as an educator, researcher, consultant, or administrator.


Academic Programs

Radiologic Technology

Radiographers (X-ray technologists) assist radiologists (MDs) in performing examinations of the body to rule out or confirm and identify fractures or disease.

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Computed Tomography

The Computed Tomography Certificate is an advanced certificate and requires entering students to have completed an accredited radiologic technology, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine program.

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Projected Job Growth

+6.3%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$48,545*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

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