Job Shadowing


Job shadowing xrayIntroduction

Job shadowing in diagnostic imaging is an educational experience that allows a prospective student the ability to observe health care professionals as they perform their regular job duties. It is a career exploration activity, which will benefit an applicant student by becoming more focused on the profession of radiography. Job shadowing provides an opportunity to experience “real life” work in a career field and observe the relationship between an educational experience and the career choice.


Job shadowing is scheduled for a three-hour block (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Monday through Friday. Please refer to the Program Biography – Clinical Sites for a list of healthcare institutions available for job shadowing.

Scheduling is completed by telephoning the radiography program office at 906-227-2868 or 906-227-2845. A job shadow student must arrive at the coordinated healthcare institution diagnostic imaging department main office.

Student Expectations

As a part of the job shadowing experience, a student will:

  1. Print a copy of job shadow form from web site to complete during shadow experience.
  2. Print, review and complete the One-Day Student Module prior to the shadow experience.
  3. Dress according to standards.
    1. No T-shirts, blue jeans, shorts, flip-flops, sandals, perfume/cologne
    2. Casual dress
    3. Remember patients can see you
  4. Arrive on time.
  5. Follow all guidelines and policies of institution.
  6. Complete all paperwork required (patient confidentiality, liability, etc.)
  7. Return program job shadow form with application to program.
  8. Call radiography program faculty office before scheduled time if unable to attend on the appointed day.

Questions to ask during a job shadow


  • What is your occupation and job title?
  • How did you become interested in this type of work?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • How did you get your job with this institution?


  • What type of education and/or training was required?
  • What classes did you take in high school that prepared you for your job?
  • What personality traits are important for this job?
  • What kind of technical knowledge is required for this job?
  • How are technical demands increasing or changing?


  • What job duties are you required to perform?
  • Do you work a shift?
  • How many hours a week do you typically work?
  • What choices do you have in making your work schedule?
  • Are certain times busier than others?

Salary and Benefits:

  • What are the salary ranges for different levels in this field?
  • What is the opportunity for advancement?
  • How are raises earned?

Personal Satisfaction:

  • What do you like best about your job?
  • What do you like least about your job?
  • What kinds of job opportunities are there?
  • What kind of personal satisfaction do you receive from your job?


  • What advice would you give a student interested in this field?
  • What changes do you see in this field within the next 5-10 years?