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How to become a Radiographer

how to become a Radiographer

Radiographers are medical professionals who use a variety of technology to produce high quality medical images. They use a variety of different machines and techniques, including x-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Computed Tomography (CT) scans.

If you love helping others, want a career that is challenging and rewarding, and have an interest in healthcare, becoming a Radiographer could be ideal for you.

 

About you:

 

  • Analytical and precise
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem solver
  • Fantastic communicator
  • Safety conscious
  • Committed to lifelong learning
  • Can work well in teams and independently
  • Patient and thorough

 

The job:

 

  • Receiving imaging requests from doctors and specialists
  • Operating a variety of imaging equipment
  • Explaining procedures and risks to patients
  • Advising patients on the best way to position themselves to get a clear picture
  • Ensuring patients are calm and comfortable during a procedure
  • Monitoring radiation to ensure it is at a safe level
  • Recording test results and forwarding them on
  • Working with other health professionals to interpret results

 

Lifestyle Impact: Low

 

  • Part Time opportunities: Moderate – around 33% of Radiographers work part-time (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Average hours for full-time workers: 41 hours a week, which is average (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • Radiographers’ salary (average) $100,000* per year (source: seek.com.au). *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
  • Future career growth: Very strong (source: labourmarketinsights.gov.au).
  • You will be spending most of your time indoors, in hospitals or private clinics.

 

Radiographers are most in demand in these locations:

 

This is a medium sized occupation, with around 20,700 people working as Radiographers in Australia in 2020 (source: joboutlook.com.au). Demand for Radiographers is spread fairly evenly across Australia. Most Radiographers work in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry.

There is generally a need for medical professionals of all kinds in rural and regional areas, so you may have better luck finding a job if you are willing to relocate.

 

How to become a Radiographer in Australia

 

You will need to complete a relevant university degree, as well as complete practical experience and register with the MRPBA to work as a Radiographer in Australia.

 

Step 1 – Complete Year 12 with a focus on English, Maths and Sciences.

 

Step 2 – Complete an approved university-level qualification, such as a Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Radiation Therapy. You can see the full list of approved qualifications here.

 

Step 3 – Gain one year’s clinical experience working within an accredited clinical radiology department.

 

Step 4 – Register with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA).

 

Step 5 – Obtain a Radiation Use License in the state or territory you wish to practice in.

 

Find out more here –

https://www.medicalradiationpracticeboard.gov.au/

https://www.ahpra.gov.au/

https://www.asmirt.org/

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What do Radiographers do?

 

Radiographers operate medical imaging technology to assist other medical professionals in diagnosing and treating health problems.

 

Which industries employ Radiographers?

 

Radiographers are mostly employed in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry.

 

What options are there for career progression?

 

You can start out working in a hospital or private clinic, and one day you could consider running your own clinic and employing others. You might even like to specialise in a particular area.

 

Do I need to go to university to become a Radiographer?

 

Yes, you will need to complete an approved qualification and register with the MRPBA to practice as a Radiographer in Australia.

 

Where do Radiographers work?

 

There is demand for Radiographers across Australia, with particular demand in rural and regional areas.

 

What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Radiographer?

 

If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if a career as a Radiographer is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. See if you can find work experience in a healthcare related setting. This will give you an idea of what the work is like, and you can start building valuable skills.
  2. Talk to someone who works as a Radiographer or watch videos and find out what a day in their life is like.
  3. Volunteer in your community. This will look great on your resume and any uni applications.

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