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Radiologic technologist jobs are responsible for producing x-ray films or radiographs of the patient's body so that medical conditions may be diagnosed. Preparing patients for their radiologic examinations by removing any jewelry, positioning the body so that specific areas can be properly radiographed, along with using radiation shields they, and calibrating the x-ray machine to take radiographs at the appropriate density, detail, and contrast are common tasks for radiology technologist jobs. Working standard 40 hour work weeks, but working evening, weekend or on-call hours are possible.

Employers tend to hire individuals with formal training, which can last from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate of completion, an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree. These programs can be found in hospitals, colleges and universities, and sometimes at vocational-technical institutes. 1 year certificate programs are available for professionals from other health care occupations so that they may transfer fields. A bachelor's degree will in any radiologic technologies can lead to supervisory, administrative, or teaching positions. As of 2007, the Federal government regulates licensure for radiation technologists careers in 40 states. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers certification in 35 States for licensing after finishing an accredited program and passing examination. Continuing education is also necessary to become recertified and individuals with radiologic technology jobs must finish 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

As of 2006, there were 196,000 radiation therapist jobs with close to 60 percent of them employed with hospitals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be an increase by 15 percent in radiologic technology job employment during 2006 to 2016. This rate will be faster than the national average for all occupations and be attributed to the more widespread adaptations of radiology.

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