Radiological Technologist

Within the field of Diagnostic Imaging, there are various career choices and one example would be a Radiological Technologist.   Although you can learn a lot from someone's photograph (character, personality, etc.), you can learn more about someone from a "photograph" of their internal organs. These photographs (x-rays) can tell you about their physical make-up, the functioning of their nervous system, their bones, and any signs of illness. Radiological technologists use high-tech x-ray equipment to produce images of patients' internal organs and bone structure, which help diagnose medical problems. They also reassure, counsel, and educate patients, and ensure equipment is properly functioning. They ensure that patients receive the lowest amounts of radiation while obtaining a high quality image.  Of the four disciplines under the heading "Medical Radiation Technologist", 80% are Radiological technologists. The other three disciplines are Radiation Therapists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and Magnetic Resonance Technologists.    Radiological Technologists find employment in hospitals, community clinics, doctors' offices, government agencies, public health agencies, industrial medical service units and military bases.

Other career options in diagnostic imaging could be Medical Radiation Technologist, Medical Sonographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Magnetic resonance technologists, Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists or Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists. Education requirements would vary for these other careers and warrants further research.              

Skills Required

  • a sense of responsibility and a high degree of integrity
  • the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in their duties
  • patience and adaptability
  • sensitivity to the needs of ill and injured people
  • good communication skills and the ability to put people at ease
  • an interest in science and technology
  • willingness to keep skills and knowledge up to date
  • good organizational skills
  • good problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well in a team environment
  • the ability to reach a minimum height of 180 cm to move overhead equipment

Education/Training Required

Degree

Schools Offering Career Program

University of Prince Edward Island (in partnership with the PEI School of Radiography)
CCNB Campbelton (in partnership with the Universite de Moncton) 
University of New Brunswick (in partnership with the Moncton Hospital and the AHSC Saint John Regional Hospital)
Dalhousie University

Average Starting Salary
$48,880

Growth Rate
Good

Education Required
4 years