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Radiologic Technologists and Technicians* in California

May also be called: Radiographers; Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists; Therapeutic Radiologic Technologists; Fluoroscopy Radiologic Technologists; Radiation Therapists; CAT Scan Operators; and X-ray Technicians

Specialties within this occupation include: Mammographic Radiologic Technologists; Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists; and Computer Tomography (CT) Technologists

What Would I Do?

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians work with physicians, particularly radiologists, and other health care professionals and perform X-rays, operate diagnostic machinery, and prepare patients for examinations. Technologists are generally qualified to x-ray any part of the body; whereas, Technicians may be permitted to x-ray a very limited range of body parts.

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians generally work in hospitals, clinics, free-standing imaging centers, mobile units, doctors’ offices, and medical groups. They typically work a 40-hour week and often stand for long periods of time during their work day.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Radiologic Technologist and Technician will appeal to those who enjoy work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2017 for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians* in California was $0 annually. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2017Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California>$145,600>$145,600>$145,600
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2017 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Benefits usually include medical, dental, life, and vision insurance as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans. Some employers offer sign-on bonuses.

What is the Job Outlook?

The employment growth of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians will occur because of a growing and aging population and the increased demand for diagnostic imaging.

How Do I Qualify?

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians must have the appropriate certificate or permit to practice in the State of California. They must complete an educational program approved by the California Department of Public Health, Radiological Health Branch and pass a California State examination, or a national examination, for certification.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians can also register with their school placement center for job leads. The California Society of Radiologic Technologists advertises employment opportunities as well. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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