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Radiographers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, radiologic technologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They constantly talk to doctors and patients.
  • Are greatly responsible for patients' health and safety.
  • Often deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous patients.
  • Are often placed in conflict situations.
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  • Are responsible for the results of the workers they supervise.
  • Communicate with coworkers and patients daily by telephone or in person.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.
  • Write letters and memos on a monthly basis.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Are exposed to diseases and infections on a daily basis.
  • Are often exposed to radiation while taking x-rays.
  • Often wear special protective clothing when taking x-rays. May wear a special medical uniform.
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  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • Often wear protective attire, such as gloves.
  • Work very near patients and doctors. They often work within inches of other people.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and thorough in their work. Bad images could cause doctors to make incorrect diagnoses.
  • Must repeat the same physical activities, such as positioning patients before the procedure.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact patients. They rarely consult doctors before making decisions.
  • Are usually able to set their tasks for they day without consulting with a supervisor. This is because they do many of the same tasks with each patient.
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  • Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.
  • Often must match the pace of work with the speed of equipment.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • May work part time or full time, but most work 40 hours a week.
  • May work days, nights, weekends, or holidays.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.