Radiology technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Radiology technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an Radiology technician earn

A Radiology technician earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Radiology technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.


What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.


Functions and activities of Radiology technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • planejar service;
  • orient patient;
  • advise the patient;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • care plan;
  • guide the patient;
  • working with biosafety;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • work with biosafety;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • guide patient;
  • communicate;
  • planner attendance;
  • advise patient;
  • plan care;
  • planned attendance;
  • planning service;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • plan attendance;
  • planning attendance;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • planar attendance;
  • work with biosafety;

  • Activities

    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • wearing;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • check equipment;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • operate equipment;
    • handle contrast media;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • record performed exams;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • transmit security;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • organize work team;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • initialize equipment;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • work under pressure;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • making molds and models;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • work as a team;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • provide advice;
    • report;
    • get patient information;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • develop new technologies;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • perform searches;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • adjust equipment;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • empower technical staff;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • log data;
    • perform breast support;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • organizing work team;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • install equipment;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • select material for exam;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • participate in area events;
    • document exams;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • interview patient;
    • make exam results available;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • edit images;
    • move portable equipment;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • identify exam;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • complementary examination;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • request material replacement;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • clear doubts;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • educate technical staff;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • distribute tasks;
    • applying administrative procedures;


    Sectors that hire Radiology technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights




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