How to become a Medical Imaging Technologist

Medical imaging technologists operate X-ray and other imaging equipment, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, to produce radiographic images that are used in the diagnosis and subsequent management of disease or injury. Experienced medical imaging technologists may be able to develop further skills in image interpretation.

Personal requirements of a Medical Imaging Technologist

  • Aptitude for science
  • Able to work accurately
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Eye for detail
  • Enjoy helping people

Education & Training for a Medical Imaging Technologist

To become a medical imaging technologist you usually have to complete a degree in medical radiation science or medical imaging at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. You may be required to attend an interview. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,597

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.9%

NSW 36.8%

NT 1%

QLD 22.3%

SA 7.5%

TAS 1.2%

VIC 23.3%

WA 7%

Hours worked:

35.9

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 31.5%

Female 68.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 34.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 33.5%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 42.5%

Above 35 years: 56.9%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Depending on the length of the university course, some graduates are required to complete a year of clinical practice in an accredited radiology department. Those completing a four-year degree with the necessary clinical component are not required to undertake this additional year. Before undertaking clinical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and immunisations, and undergo a Working with Children Children. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. You must also obtain a licence to operate radiation equipment from the regulatory body in your state or territory.
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