STEM Career of the Fortnight – Radiographer
As a diagnostic radiographer, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- producing and interpreting high quality images of the body to identify and diagnose injury and disease
- screening for abnormalities
- taking part in surgical procedures like biopsies (examining tissues to find the cause of disease)
As a therapeutic radiographer, your day-to-day tasks may include:
- planning and giving treatment using x-rays and other radioactive sources
- working closely with medical specialists to plan treatment of malignant tumours or tissue defects
- assessing and monitoring patients through treatment and follow-up
- analytical and observational skills
- ability in science, particularly biology, anatomy, physiology and physics
- the ability to communicate appropriately with patients who may be very ill
- IT skills to use computerised equipment
You’ll need a degree in diagnostic or therapeutic radiography, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
If you’re a health professional or a graduate with a relevant first degree, you could take a fast-track pre-registration postgraduate diploma or Masters qualification in radiography.
You could also start as a radiography assistant and work your way up to assistant practitioner. You can then work and study part time for a degree and a professional qualification as a radiographer.
- The UK annual median salary for Radiographer: £42,848
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