Medical Diagnostic Radiographers operate X-rays and other medical imaging equipment to produce images for medical diagnostic purposes in conjunction with Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologists or other Medical Practitioners.

Specialisations: Magnetic Resonance Technologist.

A bachelor degree in radiography or medical imaging is needed to work as a Medical Diagnostic Radiographer. Some Medical Diagnostic Radiographers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Receives referrals to perform medical imaging of patients.
  • Determines appropriate equipment to use such as x-rays and computed tomography (CT) equipment, and selects the appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by medical practitioners.
  • Calculates details of procedures such as settings of recording equipment.
  • Explains procedures to patients and answers patients’ queries about processes.
  • Ensures patients welfare during procedures.
  • Positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures.
  • Views the screen and decides if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and selects images to show medical practitioners.
  • Conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

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All Medical Imaging Professionals

  • $2,354 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Medical Diagnostic Radiographers

  • 8,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 67% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Medical Diagnostic Radiographers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 7,300 in 2011 to 8,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Medical Diagnostic Radiographers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than 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 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 67% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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

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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 Assistance97.5
Public Administration and Safety1.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.3
Wholesale Trade0.2
Other Industries0.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 Diagnostic RadiographersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.531.6
VIC23.525.6
QLD21.020.0
SA8.27.0
WA9.710.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMedical Diagnostic RadiographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-2411.2-9.39.3
25-3434.7-22.922.9
35-4422.1-22.022.0
45-5416.3-21.621.6
55-597.7-9.09.0
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 Diagnostic RadiographersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate19.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree61.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.5-21.121.1
Year 121.5-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in radiography or medical imaging is needed to work as a Medical Diagnostic Radiographer. Some Medical Diagnostic Radiographers complete postgraduate studies.

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

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.

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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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  1. Contact With Others

    99% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    97% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Exposed to Disease or Infections

    94% Important

    How often are you exposed to disease/infections?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    93% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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The skills and 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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