Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

risk level
Based on 239 votes
by year 2032
or $31.31 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

56% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

39% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 56% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Radiologic Technologists and Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Radiologic Technologists and Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 6.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Radiologic Technologists and Technicians' was $65,140, or $31 per hour

'Radiologic Technologists and Technicians' were paid 40.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 215,820 people employed as 'Radiologic Technologists and Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around 0.15% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 685 people are employed as 'Radiologic Technologists and Technicians'.

Job description

Take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's bloodstream for diagnostic or research purposes. Includes radiologic technologists and technicians who specialize in other scanning modalities.

SOC Code: 29-2034.00


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Brandon (Low) says
The meticulous work done by a radiological technician is extremely difficult to replace through artificial intelligence. The reason being, the contrast in faults that could be the cause of the same problem.

Fortunately, there are also too many different makes of machines. For one robot to be programmed to fault find and fix all makes of x-ray machines is going to take at least 40 years to develop, which won't be worth an engineer's effort based on its purpose.

This job will not become redundant in the next 20 years.
Feb 01, 2023 at 07:39 AM
Tara says
The computerization of the images produced by xray technologists will certainly become more impressive, but you can't tell me a robot or AI understands how to get a chest xray on a kyphotic 90 year old, nor does it know how to position patients in general. This is hands-on medical care. A robot cannot help a patient that is vomiting, or put in an IV. Like nursing, the people part will remain. The rest of the tech can happily advance.
Jan 08, 2023 at 06:44 PM
Smith (Uncertain) says
Technology might be better at noticing discrepancies compared to the normal, but the human touch will always be needed in the healthcare field to calm patients.
Mar 31, 2021 at 03:10 AM
Avaneesh Babu says
Radiologists do more than just read scans, they interpret and understand these x-rays and speak to patients. I know that IT is taking strands towards this level, but they cannot ever converse with humans with the same efficiency.
Nov 09, 2020 at 07:11 PM
Evolution says
AI is better in interpreting x-ray than human.
Jun 02, 2020 at 11:56 AM
Adrian says
Well that's the radiologists work, rad techs pretty much only work the modalities and patients to get a picture that the radiologist can describe.
Feb 13, 2021 at 03:46 PM
Keiko Taisho (Low) says
There’s no technology for the robots to work with the patients on a personal level
Dec 09, 2019 at 10:30 PM

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