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MRI Technologists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, mri technologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a very high degree of social interaction. They talk with nurses, doctors, and patients throughout the course of their day.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of patients when they are undergoing testing.
  • Sometimes must deal with rude or unpleasant people. Patients are sometimes upset or scared when undergoing procedures.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other technologists.
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  • Communicate via telephone, e-mail, and in person on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos, but far less frequently.
  • Often work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are exposed to the diseases and infections of patients on a daily basis.
  • Almost always work indoors.
  • Are frequently exposed to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels.
  • Sometimes wear protective or safety attire such as masks and surgical gloves.
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  • Come into close physical contact with patients.

Work Performance

  • Must be extremely exact and accurate when operating equipment. Errors can impact test results, which in turn can seriously impact the health of patients.
  • Repeat the same physical and mental tasks throughout the day.
  • Must sometimes match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact patients. They consult doctors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Are usually able to set their tasks for the day without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere. Their days are structured around patient appointments.


  • Work a set schedule.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
  • May work weekends and nights.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.