Radiographer

Alternative titles for this job include Medical radiographer

Radiographers use equipment to diagnose or treat patients who are ill or injured.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£68,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a Radiographer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role

University

You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Before you apply for a degree, you'll need to decide whether you want to work in diagnostic radiography or therapeutic radiography. Visiting a local radiography department at a hospital may help you decide. Find your local hospital using NHS Choices.

If you're a health professional or a graduate with a relevant first degree, you may be able to take a fast track, pre-registration postgraduate diploma or masters' qualification over 2 years.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
  • 3 A levels, including at least one science subject
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Work

You can start as a radiography assistant and work your way up to assistant practitioner. At this level, your employer may give you the opportunity to work and study part-time for a degree and a professional qualification as a radiographer.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about radiography as a career from Health Careers and the Society of Radiographers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • knowledge of English language
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a diagnostic radiographer, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • producing and interpreting high quality images of the body to identify and diagnose injury and disease
  • screening for abnormalities
  • taking part in surgical procedures like biopsies (examining tissues to find the cause of disease)

As a therapeutic radiographer, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • planning and giving treatment using x-rays and other radioactive sources
  • working closely with medical specialists to plan treatment of malignant tumours or tissue defects
  • assessing and monitoring patients through treatment and follow-up

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital or at a hospice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing and a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a sonography specialist, radiography team leader or consultant practitioner.

You could also take further qualifications to specialise in:

  • counselling and palliative care
  • the use of certain techniques or equipment
  • working with specific groups of patients
  • research and teaching

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Radiographer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Access to Radiography Level 3

  • Provider: Kensington and Chelsea College
  • Start date: 10 September 2019
  • Location: London

Certificate in Dental Radiography

  • Provider: HARRIET ELLIS TRAINING SOLUTIONS LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 February 2019
  • Location:

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