Medical Imaging Professionals operate X-ray and other radiation producing and imaging equipment for diagnostic, monitoring and treatment purposes under the direction of Radiologists and other Medical Practitioners.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and for some roles a 1 year post graduation development year is necessary. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • receiving referrals from Medical Practitioners to perform medical imaging and radiation treatment of patients
  • determining the appropriate equipment to use, such as X-ray equipment, radiation scanners, fluoroscopes, ultrasound equipment, nuclear instrumentation, angiography equipment and computed tomography (CT) equipment, and selecting the appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by Medical Practitioners
  • calculating details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation, size and strength of dosage of isotopes, and settings of recording equipment
  • explaining procedures to patients and answering patients' inquiries about processes
  • ensuring patients' welfare during procedures
  • positioning patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures
  • viewing the screen and deciding if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, and selecting images to show Medical Practitioners
  • conveying findings of procedures to Medical Practitioners

Job Titles

  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer, or Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Medical Radiation Therapist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Sonographer or Ultrasonographer
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer, or Medical Imaging Technologist

    Operates X-ray and other medical imaging equipment to produce images for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists or other Medical Practitioners. Registration or licensing is required.

    Specialisations: Magnetic Resonance Technologist

  • Medical Radiation Therapist

    Operates high energy X-ray and other radiation and electron generating and monitoring equipment to administer radiation treatment for medical purposes in conjunction with Radiation Oncologists or other specialist Medical Practitioners. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist

    Performs or assists in performing diagnostic examinations using radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals, and administers radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals for therapeutic purposes under the direction of specialist Medical Practitioners. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Sonographer or Ultrasonographer

    Operates ultrasound equipment to acquire, interpret and selectively record anatomical images, physical data and real-time physiological information for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Medical Practitioners.

Fast Facts

  • $1,720 Weekly Pay
  • 18,300 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 72.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.1 hours Average full-time
  • 35.5 years Average age
  • 59.3% female Gender Share

The number of Medical Imaging Professionals grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 18,300 in 2017 to 20,400 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Medical Imaging Professionals work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,720 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (72.1%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 59.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

There have been shortages of Sonographers for a number of years. In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Sonographers. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200711400
200812500
200911100
201013600
201116100
201215900
201312000
201419900
201520100
201614000
201718300
202220400

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMedical Imaging ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings17201230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance98.1
Public Administration and Safety1.4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMedical Imaging ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW40.531.6
VIC29.226.2
QLD13.119.7
SA3.96.7
WA10.410.8
TAS1.32.0
NT0.61.1
ACT1.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMedical Imaging ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-244.0-9.99.9
25-3443.5-23.623.6
35-4425.0-21.721.7
45-5417.8-20.820.8
55-593.9-8.88.8
60-644.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.0-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher is required and for some roles a 1 year post graduation development year is necessary. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    92% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Medicine and Dentistry

    78% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  3. English Language

    76% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    74% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Physics

    70% Important

    Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Assisting and Caring for Others

    97% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    93% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  3. Getting Information

    88% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    86% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    84% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2034.00 - Radiologic Technologists.

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