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Magnetic Resonance Technologist

Magnetic resonance technologists operate medical diagnostic equipment that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the body.

  • Avg. Salary $77,016.00
  • Avg. Wage $41.24
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 2,900
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Magnetic Imaging Technologist, Health Care Technologist, Medical Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Medical Radiation Technologists (3215) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Medical Radiation Technologists (D215) 
  • 2011 NOC: Medical radiation technologists (3215) 
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Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Magnetic Resonance Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Medical Radiation Technologists

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.


Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.


Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Updated Dec 20, 2016

Magnetic resonance technologists are medical radiation technologists who perform imaging by using scanners which create a strong magnetic field. The magnetic field produced by the imaging system causes hydrogen protons in the body's tissue to align with the magnetic field. Radio waves are used to alter this alignment causing characteristic signals to be created when the radio frequency is removed. The scanner detects these characteristic signals and three-dimensional images are produced through complex mathematics.

Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is used to:

  • study all areas of the body, most commonly for neurological (brain) and joint imaging
  • study the vascular system 
  • detect tumors and study their characteristics.

In general, magnetic resonance technologists:

  • explain procedures to the patient and their family and answer questions
  • provide emotional support
  • obtain medical history and screen the patient for contraindications to the procedure 
  • prepare the patient for the procedure
  • provide care and assistance to patients during the procedure (where appropriate)
  • perfrom the technical aspects of the procedure to produce quality diagnostic images and data
  • inject contrast media when required
  • maintain and troubleshoot technical problems
  • facilitate communication among health care professionals
  • train student technologists and assist in the education of other medical professionals
  • adhere to strict magnetic field safety procedures and regulations as well as infection prevention and control procedures to ensure safety of patients, staff and visitors
  • keep records and compile research data.

Magnetic resonance technologists work closely with other health professionals and administrative support personnel.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 20, 2016

Magnetic resonance technologists work in hospitals and clinics in a fast-paced environment. Their work hours may vary depending on practice setting and may include standard daytime hours or shift work. They are on their feet for much of their shifts and may be required to assist in the transfer of patients to imaging equipment or lift items that may weigh up to 20 kg. Dealing with very sick patients can be stressful.

Working hours vary and may include extended afternoon, evening and night shifts. In hospital settings, technologists sometimes are on call. 

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 20, 2016

Magnetic resonance technologists need the following characteristics:

  • a sense of responsibility and a high degree of integrity
  • patience and adaptability
  • sensitivity to the needs of ill and injured people
  • the ability to put people at ease
  • an interest in science and technology
  • the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in their duties
  • good organizational skills
  • good problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • the willingness to keep their skills and knowledge current
  • effective communication skills
  • the ability to work well in a team environment
  • the ability to handle stressful situations.

They should enjoy using equipment to perform tasks requiring precision, working with the public, having procedures and standards for their work, and compiling information for research data and statistics.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 20, 2016

The minimum educational requirement is a two year diploma program in magnetic resonance. A current list of approved programs is posted on the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website.

Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

British Columbia Institute of Technology

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Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 20, 2016

Medical Radiation Technologist

Medical radiation technologists apply ionizing radiation and other forms of energy to produce diagnostic images, evaluate the technical sufficiency of such images, use ionizing radiation and other forms of energy for treatment purposes, and take part in patient care through interdisciplinary, peer and public education, patient counselling, radiation protection, management and related research.


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation, only registered members of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) may call themselves a magnetic resonance technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, radiological technologist or radiation therapist. Registered members provide health services listed in Schedule 12 of the Health Professions Act.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved program of studies and (2) an approved examination. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACMDTT website or contact the ACMDTT registrar.

Working in Alberta

Medical radiation technologists and therapists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered practitioners in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated medical radiation technologists and therapists, see Electroneurophysiology Technologist Registration ProcessMagnetic Resonance Technologist Registration ProcessNuclear Medicine Technologist Registration ProcessRadiation Therapist Registration Process and Radiological Technologist Registration Process on the website.

Contact Details

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
#800, 4445 Calgary Trail
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T6H 5R7
Phone number: 780-487-6130
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-282-2165
Fax number: 780-432-9106

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 20, 2016

Magnetic resonance technologists are employed in large, urban hospitals and clinics. Without further education, advancement opportunities are limited.

Magnetic resonance technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3215: Medical radiation technologists. In Alberta, 94% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry (PDF)

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 2,400 Albertans are employed in the Medical radiation technologists occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 94 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As magnetic resonance technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for magnetic resonance technologists.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 20, 2016

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

Medical radiation technologists

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Starting $33.87 $42.35 $36.08 $33.98
Overall $37.25 $48.51 $41.24 $40.47
Top $44.75 $54.66 $46.81 $44.75

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance

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Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 20, 2016

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website:

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists website:

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website:

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Updated Mar 20, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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