By Kiley Moore

Nature of Work

Duties and Tasks:
  • Use imaging technologies such as x-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs to diagnose and treat patients
  • Determine the type of imaging to use
  • Direct medical imaging techs as they use x-ray machines and other equipment
  • Interpret images to diagnose problems
  • Make recommendations about further exams and possible treatments
  • May treat diseases using imaging technology or radiation
Where you work:
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Colleges
  • Self employed
What conditions:
  • Can be stressful
  • Follow safety procedures when working with imaging equipment
Abilities needed:
  • Communications skills
  • Analytic
  • Decisive
  • Patient
  • Compassionate
  • Able to work under stress


Schools you can attend:

  • Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, MI)
  • Carnegie Institute (Troy, MI)
Amount of school needed:

  • 4 years of Medical School
  • 4 year Bachelor's Degree
  • 4-5 years of residency of radiology
  • 1-2 years of fellowship training
School Subjects:

  • English, Math, Biology, Calculus, Anatomy, etc.

Personal Impression

Best Parts:

  • Getting to help other people
  • Getting to use technology
Worst Parts:

  • That you might not be able to help them immediately
  • That you have to work under stress
Values that match:

Like very much

  • Providing medical care and treatment to people
  • Being interested in human biology


Pay per year:

  • Low: 100k
  • Median: 458k
  • High: 500k
  • Residents get paid 50k to 60k
Pay per hour:

  • Low: $167.36
  • High: $178.56
Pay in MI:

  • About the same