Medical Radiographers

Medical (diagnostic) radiographers operate x-ray machines, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and other imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, assist in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases and are involved in intervention procedures such as the removal of kidney stones. They operate under the supervision of senior staff. Therapeutic radiographers specialise in the planning and administration of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancer.


New workers

New workers start around £20,463. Normal pay is £39,565 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £58,583.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 36,957 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Carries out post-treatment reviews and follow-ups.

  • Explains treatment to patient and management of any side effects.

  • Calculates radiation dosage and maps volume to be treated.

  • Plans course of treatment with clinical oncologists and physicists.

  • Maintains records of all radiographic/therapeutic work undertaken.

  • Positions patient and operates x-ray, scanning or fluoroscopic equipment.

  • Decides length and intensity of exposure or strength of dosage of isotope.

  • Verifies identity of patient and ensures that necessary preparations have been made for the examination/treatment.

  • Assesses patients and interprets clinical requirements to determine appropriate radiographic treatments.

  • Uses a range of imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Radiology

  • Interventional Radiology

  • Auditing

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Medical Ultrasonography

  • Radiography

  • Neuroradiology

  • Clinical Governance

  • Biopsies

  • Oncology

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Teaching

  • Management

  • Research

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Planning

  • Investigation

  • Clerical Works

  • Mentorship

  • Governance

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.