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As a radiographer, you’ll diagnose and help to get a better picture of injuries and illnesses, or help to treat them. No matter which route you choose, a fulfilling career awaits in this area of medicine.
At Medacs, there are lots of radiographer jobs up for grabs to suit every level of experience.
Radiography is an exciting area of healthcare that helps to investigate, diagnose and treat conditions that cannot be seen from the outside. These investigative and therapeutic treatments remove the need for invasive procedures, or complement them to make surgeries as minimally invasive as possible.
Radiography roles fall into one of two main categories:
Radiographers can work in a number of settings, including:
As a diagnostic radiographer, you’ll need to complete a degree (or master’s, if you choose a different undergraduate route) in diagnostic radiography and register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Alternatively, you could opt for an apprenticeship degree, which would allow you to achieve a degree-level qualification and earn as you study.
As a therapeutic radiographer, you’ll need to complete a therapeutic radiography degree. Alternatively, you can take an accelerated two-year therapeutic radiography master’s degree if you’ve already completed relevant undergraduate study.
To thrive as a diagnostic radiographer, you’ll need a number of skills and traits, including:
If you opt to become a therapeutic radiographer, you’ll need additional skills, including:
If you become a diagnostic radiographer you can specialise in certain types of imaging, such as computerised tomography (CT) scans. With further training, you could also move into roles such as sonography or you could choose to specialise in a certain area, like stroke medicine, paediatrics or cancer imaging.
If the therapeutic radiography route is more appealing to you, you’ll be able to choose an area of specialism and focus on treating specific groups of patients or those with certain types of cancers. This could include:
You could also work with new, emerging technologies, such as proton beam therapy, or help to conduct trials into new kinds of radiography treatments.
For both areas of radiography, it’s possible to move into management, research or teaching roles. You may oversee an entire radiography clinic, help to pioneer new techniques that are even more effective at diagnosing and treating conditions, or educate the next generation. You can also join the Society of Radiographers to continue learning about this area of healthcare.
With Medacs, it’s simple to begin searching and applying for jobs that fit your career aspirations. We receive over 1,000 new roles every single day and we’re a supplier across all NHS frameworks, meaning you’ll have plenty of choice about your next career move. And we receive first sight of agency-allocated shifts at more than 150 NHS Trusts, allowing you to make long- and short-term bookings that fit with your lifestyle and location.