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Medical radiographers

Average National Salaries (2019)

Age 20

£16,640 pile of coins

Age 35

£33,800 pile of coins

Age 50

£40,040 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £22,360

What does this career do?

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.

Typical tasks

  • uses a range of imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  • assesses patients and interprets clinical requirements to determine appropriate radiographic treatments
  • verifies identity of patient and ensures that necessary preparations have been made for the examination/treatment
  • decides length and intensity of exposure or strength of dosage of isotope
  • positions patient and operates x-ray, scanning or fluoroscopic equipment
  • maintains records of all radiographic/therapeutic work undertaken
  • plans course of treatment with clinical oncologists and physicists
  • calculates radiation dosage and maps volume to be treated
  • explains treatment to patient and management of any side effects
  • carries out post-treatment reviews and follow-ups.

Current entry requirements

Entrants for medical radiography possess a degree in radiography recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Those with a relevant first degree may qualify by completing a pre-registration postgraduate diploma or a Masters qualification. Post-qualifying courses are available for specialist areas.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed


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Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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