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Also known as radiographers or radiologic technicians, x-ray techs work with diagnostic machines at a clinic or an off-site location. To take an x-ray requires specific knowledge and a skill level earned through furthered education. The right candidate also works well with patients, communicates clearly, and provides a certain comfort to the patient while in his or her care.
During an x-ray procedure, you will position the patient’s body according to the type of x-ray needed. Positioning may require lifting, maneuvering, and turning patients with limited mobility. You must place the equipment at the correct height and angle to the patient to produce the image needed.
X-ray technicians must follow state regulations to protect themselves and their patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation. Technicians are trained in mammography, computed tomography (CT Scans), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for x-ray technicians in the medical field are expected to increase by 21 percent through 2026.
The median annual salary for radiologic technicians is $58,440. The lowest 10 percent of x-ray technologists make less than $39,840, but by specializing in MRI technology and being in the top 10 percent of earners, you could be making $97,460.