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Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

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Medical (diagnostic) radiographers operate x-ray machines, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and other imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, assist in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases and are involved in intervention procedures such as the removal of kidney stones. They operate under the supervision of senior staff. Therapeutic radiographers specialise in the planning and administration of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancer.


Entrants for medical radiography possess a degree in radiography recognised by the Health Professions Council (HPC). Those with a relevant first degree may qualify by completing a pre-registration postgraduate diploma or a Masters qualification. Post-qualifying courses are available for specialist areas.

Typical tasks

  • uses a range of imaging devices for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes;
  • assesses patients and interprets clinical requirements to determine appropriate radiographic treatments;
  • verifies identity of patient and ensures that necessary preparations have been made for the examination/treatment;
  • decides length and intensity of exposure or strength of dosage of isotope;
  • positions patient and operates x-ray, scanning or fluoroscopic equipment;
  • maintains records of all radiographic/therapeutic work undertaken;
  • plans course of treatment with clinical oncologists and physicists;
  • calculates radiation dosage and maps volume to be treated;
  • explains treatment to patient and management of any side effects;
  • carries out post-treatment reviews and follow-ups.

Common job titles

Practitioner, advanced
Technologist, vascular
Radiographer, therapeutic
Practitioner, advanced, radiography
Practitioner, medicine, nuclear
Operator, x-ray
Radiographer, diagnostic
Scientist, physics, radiotherapy
Radiographer, medical
Practitioner, physics, radiotherapy
Radiographer, superintendent
Photographer, clinical

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.