risk level
Based on 200 votes
by year 2032
The median wage for this occupation is currently unknown
as of 2023

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Automation risk

20% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

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

  • Originality

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Persuasion

User poll

50% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 20% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Radiologists 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)


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Radiologists' job openings is expected to rise 3.7% 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.


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 31,960 people employed as 'Radiologists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as 'Radiologists'.

Job description

Diagnose and treat diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, and ultrasounds. May perform minimally invasive medical procedures and tests.

SOC Code: 29-1224.00


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Cody (Highly likely) says
AI will likely be able to interpret images faster and more accurately in 20 years.
Mar 11, 2024 at 07:48 AM
OMAR (Low) says
Because it requires a high grade of visual skills and also contact with patients.
Jan 11, 2024 at 03:20 AM
john (No chance) says
More to radiology than plain films, AI will make it better
Nov 07, 2023 at 12:35 AM
wolf says
Half of a radiologist's job is to diagnose; the other half is to convey the findings to the ordering physician and patient.

Being available to answer complex questions between humans is what will keep radiology safe from takeover.
Jan 24, 2023 at 09:20 PM
R (Low) says
Taking into consideration that diagnosis can be contextual, I don't think it can be easily automated.
Feb 10, 2022 at 08:49 AM

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