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Medical imaging technologists, also known as radiographers, operate X-ray and other imaging equipment (Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound) to produce images used in medical diagnosis and management of disease or injury.

Where medical imaging technologists are employed

Medical imaging technologists work in public and private hospitals and private radiology practices in metropolitan and rural locations.

"The sciences have led me to have a career that is progressive, stimulating and I can have my own business" - Cara Kirsten, Director Sound Radiology.

Pay

Full-time medical imaging technologists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Medical Imaging Technologist

Job prospects

Demand for medical imaging technologists has grown over the past few years. This is mainly due to new and expanding techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions.

In 2011 there were 600 people employed full time as medical imaging technologists in South Australia compared with 499 in 2006.

How to become one

You need a degree in medical radiation science or medical imaging. At school consider doing English, maths, biology and physics.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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