(Last Updated On: 05/04/2017)

Radiologist Job Description

Radiologists use imaging technologies such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, PETs, and CTs to diagnose diseases, injuries, and other disorders in patients.

Do not confuse radiologists with radiologist technologists. Technologists are the professionals who operate the imaging technology, and radiologists are the ones who interpret the results.

Since radiologists do not offer treatment themselves, they consult with physicians, surgeons, and other medical professionals to discuss their test results, so they can develop plans for treatment.

Compared to other occupations in the medical field, radiologists spend very little (if any) time interacting directly with patients. Instead, their interaction is reserved for the doctors and other healthcare professional involved in requesting and processing the digital images.

Work Environment and Schedule

Radiologists work in offices, hospitals, and even from home in some instances. The working hours for radiologists can vary hugely depending on where they work. At hospitals, the radiology department normally operates 24 hours a day, and radiologists need to be available at all times.

Since radiologists working in an office or a home setting don’t work with emergency situations as regularly as those who work in hospitals, regular working hours are much more attainable.

Before deciding on where you would like to practice, it’s important to consider the lifestyle you would like to have outside of work.

How to Become a Radiologist

Radiologists must attend medical school after earning their bachelor’s degree. Following medical school, a four year residency is required.

Once all of the educational requirements are met, radiologists must become board certified, pass the United States Medical Licensing Exam, and obtain a license to practice medicine in their state.

Additional certifications in radiology can be obtained from the American Board of Radiologists.

Employment Outlook

There are currently 691,000 radiologists in the United States, with 30,510 new radiologist job openings created each year.

Radiologist jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Radiologist Salaries

Overall Salaries

Radiologist salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most radiologists make between $112,000 – $166,400+ per year, or $53.86 – $80+ per hour.