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Radiologic Technologist Work Conditions

Radiologic technologists held about 219,900 jobs in 2010. Radiologic technologists work in healthcare facilities. Like other healthcare workers, radiologic technologists may be exposed to infectious diseases. Technologists are often on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn patients who are disabled. 

The following industries employed a majority of radiologic technologists in 2010:

Hospitals; state, local, and private 61%
Offices of physicians 21%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 9%
Outpatient care centers 3%
Federal government 2%

Although radiation hazards exist in this occupation, they are minimized by the use of protective lead aprons, gloves, and other shielding devices, and by instruments that monitor exposure to radiation. Radiologic technologists wear badges measuring radiation levels in the radiation area, and detailed records are kept on their cumulative lifetime dose.

Most radiologic technologists work full time. Because imaging is needed in emergency situations, some radiologic technologists work evenings, weekends, or on call.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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