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Radiologist (MD)

Overview: Radiologists diagnose and treat human diseases by using X-ray, ultrasound and magnetic resonance scanning methods. They diagnose bone diseases and breaks, treat tumors with radiation therapy and diagnose internal organ problems by injecting opaque fluids in the body.
Duties: Radiologists examine internal body structures and functions of organ systems and make diagnoses after integrating all information from X-ray findings and laboratory tests.

They test benign and malignant internal and external tumors by exposure to radiations from X-rays or implanting radioisotopes in affected body areas.

They administer substances into patient's body orally, enemas or injection which show up as opaque on X-rays. Use live TV to observe opaque materials in patient's body.

Confer with surgeons to determine need for surgery and the surgical methods which are most appropriate to remove or repair the affected areas.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of radiologists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. The growing elderly population is expected to cause an increase in the number of people needing treatment and as radiation technology becomes safer and more effective, it will be prescribed more often. Growth is likely to be rapid across all practice settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, and outpatient centers.
Salary Range (National Average): $115,000 to $130,000
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: All states require radiologists to be licensed. Licensing involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination, and up to 7 years of "residency" graduate medical training in radiology. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is 3 years of college study.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.