Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.
Common job titles of Radiologists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
67.52% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
11.41% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Communicate examination results or diagnostic information to referring physicians, patients, or families.
Confer with medical professionals regarding image-based diagnoses.
Instruct radiologic staff in desired techniques, positions, or projections.
Perform or interpret the outcomes of diagnostic imaging procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology treadmill studies, mammography, or ultrasound.
Develop or monitor procedures to ensure adequate quality control of images.
Interpret images using computer-aided detection or diagnosis systems.
Review or transmit images and information using picture archiving or communications systems.
Coordinate radiological services with other medical activities.
Evaluate medical information to determine patients' risk factors, such as allergies to contrast agents, or to make decisions regarding the appropriateness of procedures.
Obtain patients' histories from electronic records, patient interviews, dictated reports, or by communicating with referring clinicians.
Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
Document the performance, interpretation, or outcomes of all procedures performed.
Establish or enforce standards for protection of patients or personnel.
Administer radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscopic screens.
Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
Develop treatment plans for radiology patients.
Administer or maintain conscious sedation during and after procedures.
Serve as an offsite teleradiologist for facilities that do not have on-site radiologists.
Treat malignant internal or external growths by exposure to radiation from radiographs (x-rays), high energy sources, or natural or synthetic radioisotopes.
Perform interventional procedures such as image-guided biopsy, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, transhepatic biliary drainage, or nephrostomy catheter placement.
Conduct physical examinations to inform decisions about appropriate procedures.
Recognize or treat complications during and after procedures, including blood pressure problems, pain, oversedation, or bleeding.
Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
Supervise and teach residents or medical students.
Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.
Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, or infection control.
Participate in research projects involving radiology.
X ray machines
Single-photon emission computed tomography SPECT cameras
Positron emission tomography PET equipment
Patient radiation shields
Medical ultrasound scanners
Medical radiation monitorsAll Tools
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
Fluoroscopic imaging systems
Computed tomography CT equipment
Advanced Data Systems MedicsRis
Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
Avreo Radiology Workflow Solutions
Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHRAll Technologies
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
Computer aided image analysis software
eClinicalWorks Practice Management
Epic Practice Management
GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
GE Healthcare ViewPoint for Radiology
Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
Hosted PACS Solutions
Infinite Radiology Opal-RAD
IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
Kareo Practice Management
Maplewood Software StaffReady
McKesson Practice Plus
McKesson Radiology Manager
Merge Healthcare Merge RIS
MIM Software MIMcardiac
MIM Software MIMfusion
MIM Software MIMneuro
Modernizing Medicine Practice Management
mPlexus DICOM RadiX
NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
RamSoft PowerServer RIS/PACS
Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy RIS
Voice recognition software
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Teaching others how to do something.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure