Radiologic technologists, also known as radiographers, take x-rays of patients to create images of the internal organs and bones that physicians use to diagnose medical problems. Radiographers prepare patients for x-rays by explaining the procedure and positioning them so the correct body part can be scanned.
Most radiologic technologists work in hospitals, but jobs are also available in diagnostic imaging centers and physicians’ offices. They work 40 hours a week and likely have evening, weekend or on-call hours.
Areas of Specialization
Radiographers mainly use x-rays, buttThey may also be trained or certified to use other imaging equipment like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT).
Training programs range from one to four years, depending on the program and whether it awards a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree.
Licensure and Certification
To be licensed in Iowa, radiographers must complete training and pass the exam given by the American Registry for Radiation Technologists.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Radiologic technologists have a good outlook. Statewide, the job growth rate is 16%. In the Des Moines metro area and surrounding counties, jobs are expected to increase by 23%.