Radiologic Technology Career Overview - Southwestern Illinois College

Job Description

Radiologic technology encompasses many specialties involving medical diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays.

Radiologic Technologists:
  • Provide vital information concerning structure and function of the human body
  • Enable physicians to make accurate diagnoses to pursue care and treatment
  • Play a key role in the total spectrum of medical imaging of health care services
Career Resources

Job Opportunities

RTs work in a variety of settings including:
  • Hospitals
  • Health care facilities
  • Oncology centers
  • Physician’s offices
Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor 2019-29 Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment of radiologic technologists to increase by about 7 percent, faster than the average for all occupations.


Based on graduate feedback, the average starting salary is $40,000–$45,000, depending on the type and location of the health care facility. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report the median pay is $64,840.