Career Report
Brian Hughes


Radiologists find diseases and other things like disorders using x-rays or radioactive material. They can treat patients. They also review images and information using different types of systems. They tell the physicians, patients, or families of the results, and also can give counseling to patients with radioactive poisoning.


The entry level education for this job is to have a doctoral or professional degree. You have to go to graduates school. Also need at least four years undergraduate school, four years medical school, and three to eight years of internship and residency programs. With the recommended sources I couldn't find a way to advance in the job, but you can always get a raise.

Personal Skills and Requirements

Salary and Wages

  • Wage - $90+ hourly
  • Salary - $187,200+ annually


Radiologists have high salary pay, so you can buy a lot of things you want. They have a lot of vacation time, eight to twelve weeks. They can also work at home sometimes and have a little bit of flexibility in their schedule.


  • A mistake can be very expensive.
  • They read a bunch of photographs a year, like maybe over 10,000 in one year.


Radiologists are being more and more in need, from 2012 to 2022 the job growth is expected to rise 18%. New technology though is making the job growth not rise as quickly. Demand for physicians, because radiologists are specialists in this area, are connected to healthcare.


As a radiologist there are few advancements because you are already near "the top". A lot of radiologists, when they advance, choose to have a more comfortable lifestyle instead of pay raise, but some do take the pay raise instead. Also radiologists, when they become experienced, can choose to leave clinical area and do research instead, but this doesn't happen that often.

High School Classes

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy

Related Careers

  • Radiation therapists
  • Radiological technologists
  • Radiological technicians
  • Nuclear Medicine technologists


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When I started researching the career I wasn't sure I would like it, but I thought it was interesting. Now that I've researched it, I think I would really enjoy this career. I think I would like it because I enjoy having free time/vacation time, enough money to do what I'd like to do, and it uses some skills that I like to use, such as analyzing data. I researched this career because I was already interested in the medical field and diagnosing problems with radioactive material sounded really cool.


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