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What is a Radiologist?

Career Description Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

Radiologist Responsibilities

  • Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
  • Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
  • Provide counseling to radiologic patients to explain the processes, risks, benefits, or alternative treatments.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
  • Serve as an offsite teleradiologist for facilities that do not have on-site radiologists.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.

Skills Needed to be a Radiologist

These are the skills Radiologists say are the most useful in their careers:

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: 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.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Types of Radiologist

  • Radiologist
  • Staff Radiologist
  • Pediatric Radiologist
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Radiologist, Chief of Breast Imaging

Job Demand for Radiologists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 372,400 jobs in the United States for Radiologist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 42,300 new jobs for Radiologist by 2026. There will be an estimated 14,300 positions for Radiologist per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Radiologist are Arizona, Alaska, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Radiologist Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Radiologists is somewhere between $60,280 and $208,000.

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Radiologists who work in Alaska, Arizona, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Radiologists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $183,510
Alaska $244,220
Arizona $229,090
Arkansas $165,290
California $208,740
Colorado $219,310
Connecticut $221,870
Delaware $216,600
District of Columbia $182,910
Florida $205,020
Georgia $235,060
Hawaii $228,470
Idaho $241,670
Illinois $183,780
Indiana $237,470
Iowa $219,300
Kansas $191,430
Kentucky $223,770
Louisiana $183,920
Maine $257,550
Maryland $196,210
Massachusetts $207,990
Michigan $181,760
Minnesota $245,040
Mississippi $174,340
Missouri $203,440
Montana $247,260
Nebraska $161,880
Nevada $227,500
New Hampshire $275,840
New Jersey $208,820
New Mexico $229,100
New York $171,060
North Carolina $198,040
North Dakota $266,510
Ohio $212,160
Oklahoma $155,130
Oregon $202,750
Pennsylvania $195,810
Rhode Island $209,580
South Carolina $185,210
South Dakota $227,710
Tennessee $231,960
Texas $199,370
Utah $218,210
Vermont $176,520
Virginia $199,080
Washington $239,080
West Virginia $222,270
Wisconsin $239,610
Wyoming $234,610

What Tools & Technology do Radiologists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Radiologists:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • Epic Practice Management
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • HealthFusion MediTouch
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • CareCloud Central
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • Modernizing Medicine Practice Management
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy

How do I Become a Radiologist?

Individuals working as a Radiologist have obtained the following education levels:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Radiologist?

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Radiologists Sector

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The table below shows the approximate number of Radiologists employed by various industries.

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