Radiology: exploring the human body

A career summary by Seth Cunningham


  • Median Annual Salary: $381,662
  • Median Hourly Salary: $183
  • Top 10% Annual Salary: $500,000
  • Bottom 10% Annual Salary: $277,788


  • Bonuses: $1,019 – $10,174 annually
  • Profit sharing: $193.55 to $5,028 annually
  • Commissions: $42 – $1,024 annually
  • 18% expected growth from 2015-2025 (one of the highest in the country)

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree: Radiological Science
  • Medical School: 4 years
  • Residency: 4 years (paid position)
  • Licenses: United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX)
  • Certified through: American Board of Radiology (ABR) or the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (AOBR)

"Radiology is like an X-ray of your soul - it shows what is there, and what isn't." ~Isaac Stern

Location (Places Hiring)

  • Altoona, Pennsylvania: 2 weeks a month teaching a group practice
  • Hemet, California: 8 hr/day, 5 days a week (reading 110 studies per day)
  • San Antonio, Texas: 40 hr/week (Monday-Friday)
  • Cut Off, Louisiana: Independent study

Job Description

Radiologists use medical imaging technologies, such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI, to diagnose disease and make treatment decisions considering patient health. They're fully-licensed physicians that require at least eleven years of higher education.