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An X-ray technician, also known as a radiologic technologist, uses radiographic (X-ray) equipment, to prepare and create high-quality images of various parts of the body (bones, organs, tissues, and vessels) for the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illness by a radiologist, physician, or other health care professional.

Radiologic Tech picture    Radiologic Tech image

X-ray Technician Schools and Radiology Schools

Because much of an X-ray technician's job requires operating powerful machinery, proper training is essential. X-ray technician training programs teach students both the theoretical and technical aspects of the job and prepare them for state licensing requirements.

Most formal radiography training programs, including those offered at the five radiology schools below, are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology:

  • Canada College: This community college in the San Francisco Bay Area offers a radiologic technology program that gives students the skills to meet the needs of patients in the field.
  • Chaffey College: This community college in southern California provides an associate degree in radiologic technology, with concurrent training held at health facilities affiliated with the college.
  • Middlesex Community College: This college in Middletown, Connecticut offers an associate degree in radiologic technology that prepares students for entry-level employment in the field.
  • Midwestern State University: Located in Wichita Falls, Texas, this college offers an Associate of Applied Science in radiologic technology that prepares students for the national certification examination.
  • Southwestern Illinois College: The radiologic technology program offered by this college in Belleville, Illinois offers students both in-class and clinical experiences.

X-ray Technician Education Requirements

Formal training is required for this profession; radiologic schools range from one to four years (two year being the most common). Students can obtain training in a hospital and earn a certificate upon graduation, or in a technical school, college, or university where they would earn an associate's or bachelor's degree.

Typical radiology technician programs will include courses in:

  • Advanced Imaging Procedures
  • Clinical Radiography
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Human Anatomy and Structures
  • Human Physiology / Body Functions
  • Image Recording and Analysis
  • Imaging Techniques / Imaging Equipment
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Patient Care
  • Patient Management
  • Radiation Safety and Protection

X-ray Technician Certification and Licensing

Training is not limited to the classroom. Clinical rotations are also a key part of the education process where students have the opportunity to hone their learned technical knowledge and apply patient care skills while they work closely with experienced Radiologic Technologists, nurses, and physicians in radiology departments.

It is of interest to note that a large number of employers look to hire certified radiographers, and as such, voluntary certifications are available through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Eligibility for certification generally requires a technologist to graduate from an accredited training program and pass an examination. Recertification requires the completion of 24 hours of continuing education every two years.

X-Ray Technician Resources

Sources:

  1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Radiologic and MRI Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/radiologic-technologists.htm
  2. Canada College, http://www.canadacollege.edu/radtech/index.php
  3. Chaffey College, http://www.chaffey.edu/healthsciences/radtec/index.shtml
  4. Middlesex Community College, http://mxcc.edu/degrees/radtech/
  5. Midwestern State University, http://mwsu.edu/academics/hs2/radsci/index
  6. Southwestern Illinois College, http://www.swic.edu/RT-FAQ/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Radiologic Technologist

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Radiologic Technologist jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 970 $50,370
Birmingham 970 $50,370
Mobile 370 $47,350
Huntsville 290 $47,020
Tuscaloosa 210 $45,440
Montgomery 190 $45,940
Dothan 170 $42,220
Florence 110 $38,620
Muscle Shoals 110 $38,620
Auburn 100 $41,300
Opelika 100 $41,300
Daphne 100 $47,990
Foley 100 $47,990
Fairhope 100 $47,990
Gadsden 80 N/A
Decatur 80 $42,190
Oxford 70 $41,490
Anniston 70 $41,490
Jacksonville 70 $41,490
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 250 $71,920
Fairbanks 90 $67,480
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2140 $63,380
Mesa 2140 $63,380
Phoenix 2140 $63,380
Tucson 490 $56,020
Lake Havasu City 90 $66,290
Kingman 90 $66,290
Prescott 80 $60,360
Flagstaff 70 $61,200
Douglas 60 $58,070
Sierra Vista 60 $58,070
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 630 $49,600
North Little Rock 630 $49,600
Little Rock 630 $49,600
Jonesboro 110 $45,070
Hot Springs 70 $42,340
Pine Bluff N/A $44,750
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 5370 $70,050
Long Beach 5370 $70,050
Anaheim 5370 $70,050
San Francisco 2700 $95,520
Oakland 2700 $95,520
Hayward 2700 $95,520
Ontario 1530 $65,010
Riverside 1530 $65,010
San Bernardino 1530 $65,010
San Diego 1460 $69,410
Carlsbad 1460 $69,410
Arcade 970 $90,720
Arden 970 $90,720
Roseville 970 $90,720
Sacramento 970 $90,720
Santa Clara 750 $99,090
San Jose 750 $99,090
Sunnyvale 750 $99,090
Oxnard 400 $69,470
Ventura 400 $69,470
Thousand Oaks 400 $69,470
Fresno 350 $73,820
Fairfield 340 $107,040
Vallejo 340 $107,040
Bakersfield 300 $66,880
Santa Barbara 240 $73,370
Santa Maria 240 $73,370
Santa Rosa 230 $69,510
Lodi 200 $87,590
Stockton 200 $87,590
Modesto 190 $80,950
Visalia 170 $71,920
Porterville 170 $71,920
Chico 130 $64,480
San Luis Obispo 130 $68,820
Arroyo Grande 130 $68,820
Paso Robles 130 $68,820
Salinas 120 $74,190
Redding 110 $72,070
Merced 90 $69,750
Santa Cruz 90 $80,400
Watsonville 90 $80,400
Yuba City 80 $66,460
El Centro 60 $62,490
Hanford 50 $77,840
Corcoran 50 $77,840
Napa 50 $79,120
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 1760 $63,450
Lakewood 1760 $63,450
Denver 1760 $63,450
Colorado Springs 380 $57,690
Fort Collins 210 $57,460
Boulder 210 $63,100
Pueblo 110 $57,160
Greeley N/A $48,580
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 630 $65,090
West Hartford 630 $65,090
Hartford 630 $65,090
New Haven 480 $61,780
Stamford 470 $63,120
Bridgeport 470 $63,120
Norwalk 470 $63,120
Waterbury 190 $58,490
Danbury 100 $61,390
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover N/A $60,890
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 4180 $50,970
Fort Lauderdale 4180 $50,970
West Palm Beach 4180 $50,970
Clearwater 1940 $53,920
St. Petersburg 1940 $53,920
Tampa 1940 $53,920
Orlando 1440 $47,370
Sanford 1440 $47,370
Kissimmee 1440 $47,370
Jacksonville 880 $50,550
Sarasota 610 $55,400
Bradenton 610 $55,400
North Port 610 $55,400
Lakeland 400 $53,190
Winter Haven 400 $53,190
Ferry Pass 380 $49,450
Pensacola 380 $49,450
Brent 380 $49,450
Fort Myers 350 $58,910
Cape Coral 350 $58,910
Gainesville 340 $48,210
Palm Bay 330 $50,290
Melbourne 330 $50,290
Titusville 330 $50,290
Marco Island 250 $57,740
Naples 250 $57,740
Immokalee 250 $57,740
Deltona 240 $49,450
Daytona Beach 240 $49,450
Ormond Beach 240 $49,450
Ocala 230 $47,110
Port St. Lucie 190 $43,430
Tallahassee 140 $47,570
Panama City 130 $48,450
Punta Gorda 120 $46,250
Fort Walton Beach 120 $46,860
Destin 120 $46,860
Crestview 120 $46,860
The Villages 90 $46,190
Vero Beach 70 $47,320
Sebastian 70 $47,320
Homosassa Springs N/A $49,740
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 2150 $53,660
Atlanta 2150 $53,660
Sandy Springs 2150 $53,660
Savannah 270 $48,180
Rome 140 $46,380
Gainesville 130 N/A
Macon 130 $45,030
Athens 120 $52,950
Clarke County 120 $52,950
Warner Robins 100 $44,850
Valdosta 90 $40,670
Brunswick 70 $49,370
Dalton 60 $48,710
Hinesville 40 $54,940
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 490 $72,210
Lahaina 90 $64,540
Wailuku 90 $64,540
Kahului 90 $64,540
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 380 $50,510
Coeur d'Alene 60 $46,400
Pocatello 60 $47,530
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 230 $54,480
Peoria 230 $54,970
Springfield 150 $47,990
Urbana 140 $52,470
Champaign 140 $52,470
Bloomington 130 $56,600
Carbondale 110 $56,760
Marion 110 $56,760
Decatur 100 $60,600
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1430 $57,310
Carmel 1430 $57,310
Indianapolis 1430 $57,310
Fort Wayne 340 $52,050
Terre Haute 110 $47,060
Michigan City 110 $48,290
La Porte 110 $48,290
West Lafayette 110 $50,420
Lafayette 110 $50,420
Goshen 100 $54,910
Elkhart 100 $54,910
Kokomo 50 $53,150
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 540 $53,480
Des Moines 540 $53,480
Cedar Rapids 220 $42,970
Iowa City 190 $53,380
Cedar Falls 110 $53,230
Waterloo 110 $53,230
Dubuque 100 $48,250
Ames 60 $46,350
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 490 $47,640
Topeka 170 $52,140
Lawrence 60 $47,480
Manhattan 50 $49,460
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 560 $48,620
Fayette 560 $48,620
Bowling Green 110 $49,170
Owensboro 80 $51,910
Fort Knox 40 $46,600
Elizabethtown 40 $46,600
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 620 $52,430
New Orleans 620 $52,430
Baton Rouge 460 $47,820
Bossier City 410 $40,650
Shreveport 410 $40,650
Lafayette 300 $43,600
Thibodaux 150 $47,000
Houma 150 $47,000
Lake Charles 140 $41,090
Alexandria 120 $47,400
Monroe 100 $48,260
Hammond N/A $51,190
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 380 $55,210
Portland 380 $55,210
Auburn 90 $55,850
Lewiston 90 $55,850
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 1940 $63,200
Towson 1940 $63,200
Columbia 1940 $63,200
Lexington Park N/A $65,710
California N/A $65,710
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 100 $80,420
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 3010 $54,130
Warren 3010 $54,130
Detroit 3010 $54,130
Ann Arbor 610 $55,570
Grand Rapids 570 $48,200
Wyoming 570 $48,200
Flint 310 $49,370
Portage 210 $55,380
Kalamazoo 210 $55,380
Muskegon 120 $50,910
Benton Harbor 80 $52,500
Niles 80 $52,500
Jackson 70 $52,190
Battle Creek N/A $49,430
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 610 $68,610
St. Cloud 170 $57,990
North Mankato 40 $55,160
Mankato 40 $55,160
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 520 $47,350
Gulfport 260 $49,770
Pascagoula 260 $49,770
Biloxi 260 $49,770
Hattiesburg 140 $46,090
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 350 $45,930
Columbia 150 $48,130
Joplin 100 $47,310
Jefferson City 60 $49,500
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 170 $50,460
Missoula 120 $53,590
Great Falls 80 $47,980
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 250 $47,820
Grand Island 70 $47,540
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 950 $65,710
Henderson 950 $65,710
Las Vegas 950 $65,710
Reno 250 $65,190
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 120 $63,420
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 320 $59,260
Atlantic City 320 $59,260
Trenton 250 $66,760
Bridgeton 140 $63,160
Vineland 140 $63,160
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 600 $60,090
Las Cruces 90 $50,740
Santa Fe 60 $57,370
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 890 $51,650
Niagara Falls 850 $57,120
Cheektowaga 850 $57,120
Buffalo 850 $57,120
Albany 640 $57,140
Schenectady 640 $57,140
Troy 640 $57,140
Syracuse 640 $58,190
Utica 180 $63,120
Rome 180 $63,120
Binghamton 140 $63,540
Glens Falls 90 $53,270
Elmira 70 $59,640
Kingston 60 $79,070
Watertown 50 $54,410
Fort Drum 50 $54,410
Ithaca 40 $56,830
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 770 $56,070
High Point 660 $56,650
Greensboro 660 $56,650
Durham 660 $61,940
Chapel Hill 660 $61,940
Winston 620 $55,770
Salem 620 $55,770
Asheville 410 $50,520
Morganton 250 $54,210
Lenoir 250 $54,210
Hickory 250 $54,210
Fayetteville 230 $49,800
Wilmington 230 $50,170
Greenville 150 $51,020
Goldsboro 80 $48,890
Rocky Mount 80 $49,770
Burlington 70 $47,060
Jacksonville 60 $51,570
New Bern 50 $47,320
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 110 $48,500
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 1850 $55,110
Elyria 1850 $55,110
Columbus 1480 $55,520
Dayton 710 $53,930
Toledo 600 $55,670
Akron 470 $52,420
Massillon 280 $45,140
Canton 280 $45,140
Springfield 90 $51,030
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 930 $52,590
Tulsa 520 $47,730
Lawton 70 $52,590
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 190 $66,450
Salem 160 $60,030
Medford 130 $56,780
Redmond 90 $64,030
Bend 90 $64,030
Corvallis 60 $64,040
Albany 50 $66,380
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2640 $48,790
Barre 440 $59,030
Wilkes 440 $59,030
Scranton 440 $59,030
Hazleton 440 $59,030
Harrisburg 340 $54,570
Carlisle 340 $54,570
York 330 $55,270
Hanover 330 $55,270
Lancaster 310 $56,410
Erie 240 $44,940
Reading 210 $57,840
Altoona 190 $54,050
Johnstown 110 $44,950
State College 110 $53,840
East Stroudsburg 90 $56,720
Lebanon 80 $56,910
Williamsport 70 N/A
Bloomsburg N/A $65,150
Berwick N/A $65,150
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 910 $25,610
San Juan 910 $25,610
Caguas 910 $25,610
Aguadilla 130 $25,580
Isabela 130 $25,580
Mayag�ez 120 $23,070
Ponce 80 $19,490
San Germ�n 40 $21,210
Arecibo 40 $22,200
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 740 $47,430
Charleston 660 $54,830
North Charleston 660 $54,830
Mauldin 460 $48,320
Greenville 460 $48,320
Anderson 460 $48,320
Spartanburg 360 $47,360
Florence 200 $52,790
Bluffton 190 $43,300
Beaufort 190 $43,300
Hilton Head Island 190 $43,300
Sumter 60 $49,430
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City 150 $48,470
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1480 $51,840
Franklin 1480 $51,840
Davidson 1480 $51,840
Nashville 1480 $51,840
Knoxville 520 $45,880
Johnson City 180 N/A
Jackson 170 $44,080
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 4590 $59,520
Dallas 4590 $59,520
Fort Worth 4590 $59,520
The Woodlands 3900 $57,450
Sugar Land 3900 $57,450
Houston 3900 $57,450
New Braunfels 1260 $54,430
San Antonio 1260 $54,430
Austin 1000 $54,080
Round Rock 1000 $54,080
McAllen 360 $34,960
Mission 360 $34,960
Edinburg 360 $34,960
Lubbock 320 $50,290
Temple 320 $54,050
Killeen 320 $54,050
El Paso 290 $49,100
Corpus Christi 270 $55,150
Tyler 250 $53,100
Beaumont 220 $46,670
Port Arthur 220 $46,670
Brownsville 190 $45,180
Harlingen 190 $45,180
Waco 130 $52,140
Wichita Falls 120 $49,860
Longview 120 $54,280
College Station 120 $54,930
Bryan 120 $54,930
Abilene 110 $47,540
Amarillo 100 $52,810
Midland 100 $54,420
Odessa 90 $54,270
San Angelo 80 $53,070
Laredo 80 $56,250
Sherman 60 $49,450
Denison 60 $49,450
Victoria 50 N/A
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 690 $52,620
Clearfield 260 $51,910
Ogden 260 $51,910
Provo 250 $53,970
Orem 250 $53,970
St. George 90 $52,470
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 1000 $54,780
Roanoke 300 $48,790
Lynchburg 190 $42,560
Harrisonburg 70 $45,370
Christiansburg 60 $53,550
Radford 60 $53,550
Blacksburg 60 $53,550
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 2200 $68,750
Tacoma 2200 $68,750
Seattle 2200 $68,750
Spokane 320 $63,920
Spokane Valley 320 $63,920
Yakima 200 $60,220
Kennewick 130 $58,710
Richland 130 $58,710
Tumwater 120 $59,250
Olympia 120 $59,250
Wenatchee 100 $60,610
Bremerton 100 $62,040
Silverdale 100 $62,040
Mount Vernon 90 $56,960
Anacortes 90 $56,960
Walla Walla 30 $60,220
Longview N/A $68,190
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 260 $46,170
Morgantown 170 N/A
Beckley 100 $46,580
Parkersburg 90 $42,110
Vienna 90 $42,110
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 1270 $57,850
Waukesha 1270 $57,850
West Allis 1270 $57,850
Madison 540 $55,940
Green Bay 250 $53,810
Eau Claire 200 $51,980
Wausau 150 $54,220
Racine 150 $56,620
Appleton 130 $55,040
Beloit 120 $53,730
Janesville 120 $53,730
Sheboygan 90 $53,610
Neenah 70 $54,830
Oshkosh 70 $54,830
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 80 $49,270
Casper 60 $44,170

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Radiologic Technologist

To find out more about building a career as Radiologic Tech, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Radiologic Technologist

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 128,060 61% $52,930
Medical Office 69,470 33% $50,300
Government 4,620 2% $52,530
Office Services And Staffing 2,570 1% $58,300
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