Respiratory Therapist-Radiologic Technologists

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

Take X-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $22.38/hr
Median: $26.12/hr
Experienced: $28.87/hr

Current Employment
1,076 (2016)

Projected Employment
1,085 (2025)

Growth for Respiratory Therapists/Radiologic Technologists

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing 2 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

IndustryOccupation Group Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation Group in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals69764.8%3.8%
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)16415.2%1.8%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service635.8%0.4%
Medical Laboratories464.3%6.0%
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)201.8%0.3%

Occupational Tasks for Radiologic Technologies

  • Review and evaluate developed x-rays, video tape, or computer-generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Operate or oversee operation of radiologic or magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
    Position imaging equipment and adjust controls to set exposure time and distance, according to specification of examination.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.

Occupational Tasks for Respiratory Therapists

  • Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Monitor patient’s physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
  • Set up and operate devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
  • Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures or related duties.
  • Maintain charts that contain patients’ pertinent identification and therapy information.