Radiographers use different kinds of radiation to treat ill or injured patients.
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What does a radiographer do?

Radiographers use different kinds of radiation to treat ill or injured patients. There are two kinds of radiography:

  • diagnostic – where you use radiation to find out what injury or illness someone has.
  • therapeutic – where you use different kinds of radiation to treat an illness or injury.

You’ll need good communication skills as you’ll be dealing with a variety of patients. Strong analytical skills are also important. 

What do I need to do to become a radiographer?

To become a radiographer, you’ll need a degree which is approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). 

To do a degree in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography you usually need at least five GCSEs (A-C), including English, maths and a science, plus three A levels (including a science subject).

Relevant level 3 vocational courses (e.g. BTEC National Diploma science) may be accepted – check with universities.

Related skills

  • Technical ability
  • Problem solving
  • Physical fitness
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytics
  • Customer service
  • IT
  • Interpersonal skills

Academic route

  • Three A levels, including a science subject

Vocational route

  • Relevant level 3 vocational course, e.g. BTEC National Diploma science

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Physics

Essential qualifications

  • HCPC approved degree, e.g. a degree in radiography

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You’ll be working indoors, usually in a hospital, with highly technical equipment. You will usually be working shifts and you may be working for a private clinic or hospital, or the NHS.

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