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Job Description

Radiographers use x-rays and sound waves to either diagnose disorders and injuries such as broken bones or to treat illnesses such as certain types of cancer. They will use their academic knowledge along with technical skills required for the sophisticated equipment.

Entry Requirements

You can work in diagnostic radiography or therapeutic radiography. You'll need a degree in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

If you're a health professional or a graduate with a relevant first degree, you could take a fast-track pre-registration postgraduate diploma or Masters qualification in radiography.

You could also start as a radiography assistant and work your way up to assistant practitioner. You can then work and study part time for a degree and a professional qualification as a radiographer.

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

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Clinical scientist
  • Dentist
  • Physicist
  • Prosthetist-orthotist
  • Radiography assistant

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to use complex technology and sophisticated scanning equipment
  • A strong interest in science
  • An eye for detail
  • Care and consideration for others
  • Empathy for patients who may be very ill
  • Able to think quickly and make decisions
  • A desire to keep up to date with techniques and technology

Starting Salary

£21,000 to £68,000

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