A radiographer, or radiologic technologist, use x-rays of patients to help diagnose specific medical conditions and problems. They are also responsible for other types of radiographs, including CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasounds. It may also be in the radiographer's job description to operate other specialized equipment involving injected dyes and radiographic images of the vascular system.
An ability to converse and explain procedures is an essential quality for the radiographer. They must be able to explain what each process consists of and what is expected of the patient during the procedure. Patience and understanding are valuable helping a patient through a time-consuming x-ray or similar procedure.
The most common degree for a radiographer is an associate's degree in radiation science; medical record keeping, biology, and similar medical classes are part of the coursework for that degree. Although it varies from state to state, a radiographer must pass a board exam before being issued a license to practice in most states.
Many radiographers will be required to work weekends and holidays, especially when just starting out. However, the opportunity for advancement is always available, and many will consider attending more school over time to earn a more advanced degree.