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 formal qualification in a relevant field is needed to work as a Medical Imaging Professional. Many Medical Imaging Professionals complete postgraduate studies.

    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

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    • $2,354 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 20,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 67% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 71% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Medical Imaging Professionals (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 20,500 in 2018 to 22,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Medical Imaging Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,354 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (67%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 71% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Medical Diagnostic Radiographers and Sonographers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Medical Diagnostic Radiographers and Sonographers.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200812500
    200911200
    201013500
    201116200
    201215900
    201312000
    201420700
    201519400
    201613700
    201718700
    201820500
    202322800

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings23541460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.5
    Public Administration and Safety1.3
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
    Wholesale Trade0.2
    Other Industries0.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMedical Imaging ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.531.6
    VIC23.125.6
    QLD21.920.0
    SA7.97.0
    WA9.310.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMedical Imaging ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-248.4-9.39.3
    25-3435.7-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5417.0-21.621.6
    55-597.3-9.09.0
    60-644.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMedical Imaging ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate30.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree53.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.4-21.121.1
    Year 121.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

    A formal qualification in a relevant field is needed to work as a Medical Imaging Professional. Many Medical Imaging Professionals complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia or the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • radiation licence

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      83% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Computers and electronics

      61% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      59% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Clerical

      58% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. English language

      55% Skill level

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

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      99% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      97% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Disease or infection

      94% Important

      Be exposed to disease or infections.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      93% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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