Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists provide diagnostic and treatment medical services, and monitor patients with various diseases utilising imaging techniques such as general radiography, angiography, fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and bone densitometry.

Specialisations: Medical Imaging Specialist.

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to specialise as a Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist. Many Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Examines internal structures and functions of organ systems, and considers x-ray findings and other examinations and tests.
  • Makes diagnoses and advises patients, physicians, surgeons or other doctors.
  • Administers radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas, to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscope screens.
  • Conducts ultrasound, gamma camera, radioisotope scans and CT scanning.

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  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 31% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,800 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (79%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 31% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Assistance98.7
Public Administration and Safety0.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
Wholesale Trade0.1
Other Industries0.2

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.
StateDiagnostic and Interventional RadiologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.6
VIC24.925.6
QLD19.520.0
SA8.67.0
WA11.010.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.31.0
ACT1.91.9

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 BracketDiagnostic and Interventional RadiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.6-9.39.3
25-3416.9-22.922.9
35-4432.2-22.022.0
45-5422.4-21.621.6
55-5910.9-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over9.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationDiagnostic and Interventional RadiologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate48.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree48.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.1-21.121.1
Year 121.1-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to specialise as a Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist. Many Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists complete postgraduate studies.

You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • be up to date with immunisations

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Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners 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. Medicine and dentistry

    89% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. English language

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Biology

    73% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  4. Education and training

    70% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Customer and personal service

    65% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

  1. Being exact or accurate

    100% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    99% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Impact of decisions

    97% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  5. Frequent decision making

    96% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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