14/3/23 Roundup – STEM (All year groups)

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

Skills Required

  • 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

Entry Requirements

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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