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Radiological Technologist

Radiological technologists operate x-ray equipment to produce images used to diagnose diseases and injuries.

  • Avg. Salary $72,279.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.20
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 2,100
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Medical Radiation Technologist, Medical Radiologic Technologist, Registered Technologist of Radiography, X-ray 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: Radiological Technologists (3215.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Medical Radiation Technologists (D215) 
  • 2011 NOC: Medical radiation technologists (3215) 
  • 2016 NOC: Medical radiation technologists (3215) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

68%
68%
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Interest Codes
The Radiological Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Radiological Technologists
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners; and in performing basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in speaking with radiologists to determine procedures to be performed; in providing appropriate care for patients during radiographic examinations; in recording and processing patient data; and in applying radiation protection measures

innovative

Interest in compiling patient data to assist in the diagnosis of diseases and injuries

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.

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Duties
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Radiological technologists produce images of body structures. These images are displayed on computer monitors, recorded video or closed circuit television systems.

In general, radiological technologists:

  • explain procedures to patients and answer questions
  • help patients prepare for procedures (when needed)
  • watch over patients during procedures
  • ensure patient comfort and privacy
  • interpret physicians’ requests for radiological exams
  • position patients and equipment correctly
  • inject contrast media (when needed)
  • use diagnostic imaging equipment to produce quality images that help with diagnosis
  • recognize various anatomical structures radiographed
  • check images to ensure high-quality results
  • follow radiation protection practices, regulations and philosophy to reduce risk to everyone
  • train co-workers and practicum students (during a year-long training and probationary period)
  • assist in invasive procedures
  • provide patient aftercare instructions (when needed).

Radiological technologists work with other technologists (such as nuclear medicine technologists, diagnostic medical sonographers, magnetic resonance technologists, combined laboratory and x-ray technologists, and respiratory therapists), doctors (particularly radiologists), nurses and administrative support personnel.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Most radiological technologists work in hospitals or community clinics. Those who work in hospitals may work in a range of areas (such as emergency, operating room, mobile radiography, fluoroscopy, general radiography). Most work shifts and are sometimes on call. Those employed in community clinics work regular office hours. They may have to work some evenings and weekends.

This is a physically demanding job. Radiological technologists are on their feet most of their shift. They handle and move equipment positioned at heights of about 2 metres. They lift accessory equipment weighing up to 10 kilograms. They also help position patients. If a patient is unable to move on their own, technologists ask other health care workers for help.

Radiological technologists must follow strict radiation safety rules for themselves and their patients. They have to be prepared to respond to and manage emergencies.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Radiological technologists need to have:

  • a sense of responsibility and integrity
  • the ability to be accurate in their duties
  • patience and adaptability
  • sensitivity to the needs of ill and injured people
  • good speaking and writing skills
  • the ability to put people at ease
  • an interest in science and technology
  • a willingness to keep their skills and knowledge up to date
  • organizational skills
  • problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • the ability to work well in a team
  • the ability to manage stress well
  • the ability to reach a minimum height of 180 cm (to move overhead equipment).

They should enjoy:

  • using equipment to perform precise tasks
  • having procedures and standards for their work
  • keeping their skills up-to-date in this fast-changing, high-tech setting
  • compiling data for research and statistics.
Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

The minimum education is a 2-year diploma in medical radiologic technology. A 1-year practicum with practising radiological technologists is required to graduate.


Required Education

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

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta 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

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 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.

Legislation

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 learn about certification for internationally educated medical radiation technologists, see Magnetic Resonance Technologist Registration Process, Nuclear Medicine Technologist Registration Process, Radiation Therapist Registration Process, and Radiological Technologist Registration Process.

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
Website: www.acmdtt.com

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Radiological technologists work in:

  • hospitals
  • community clinics
  • industrial medical service units
  • military bases.

With experience and additional training, radiological technologists may move into:

  • teaching
  • information systems
  • administration.

There are many areas of specialization (such as angiography, interventional radiology, cardiac radiology, computed tomography, bone mineral densitometry, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and ultrasonography). For information about the required education of the last three examples, see the Magnetic Resonance Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist and Diagnostic Medical Sonographer occupational profiles.

Radiological 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.

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

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

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

In Alberta, the D215: Medical Radiation Technologists occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.9% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 94 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 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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Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $31.88 $42.35 $35.25 $33.98
Overall $36.78 $51.42 $42.20 $41.14
Top $44.62 $55.41 $46.83 $45.34

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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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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

68%
68%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

10%
10%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

Vacancy Rate

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website: www.acmdtt.com

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) website: www.camrt.ca

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

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Updated Mar 19, 2018. 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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