What they do:

Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.

On the job, you would:

  • Implement protocols in areas such as drugs, resuscitation, emergencies, power failures, and infection control.
  • Treat malignant internal or external growths by exposure to radiation from radiographs (x-rays), high energy sources, or natural or synthetic radioisotopes.
  • Serve as an offsite teleradiologist for facilities that do not have on-site radiologists.
  • Provide advice on types or quantities of radiology equipment needed to maintain facilities.
  • Participate in research projects involving radiology.
  • Participate in quality improvement activities including discussions of areas where risk of error is high.
  • Supervise and teach residents or medical students.
  • Schedule examinations and assign radiologic personnel.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and develop expertise.
  • Develop treatment plans for radiology patients.




Work Activities


  • Investigative
  • Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic
  • Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Social
  • Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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  • Conventional
  • Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
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  • Artistic
  • Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising
  • Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Second Interest High-Point
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