Work Environment

Examining patientPhysical stamina is required in this occupation. Radiographers are on their feet for long periods of time, may be required to lift or position their patients, and may have to perform radiographic procedures at a patient’s bedside. Although radiation is used in this profession, the use of lead aprons, gloves and other shielding devices minimize this exposure.

Radiographers wear radiation-monitoring devices to measure and record levels of occupational radiation exposures. Radiographers should be sensitive to a patient’s physical and psychological needs. They must pay attention to detail, follow instructions, and work as part of a team. Radiographers must also operate complicated imaging equipment, which requires mechanical ability and manual dexterity.

Most full-time radiographers work about 40 hours per week; this may include evening, weekend, or on-call hours. Some radiographers work part-time for more than one employer.