A Career as a Medical Radiation Technologist Can Take You Anywhere


Salary Range
$65,082 – $81,644

Recommended High School Courses
High School Diploma or equivalent
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Medical radiation technologists use radiation and electromagnetism to help diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Depending on their education, they might work in one of the following areas:

Radiologic technology – using x-rays to create images of internal structures and organs in the body

Magnetic resonance technology – using electromagnetism and radio waves to create images

Nuclear medicine technology – using radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs) to understand how organs function

Medical radiation technologists also work as radiation therapists and provide treatment to people living with cancer.

Role Requirements

  • Medical radiation technologists spend a lot of time on their feet
  • Medical radiation technologists are frequently required to lift equipment and position patients
  • Medical radiation technologists must follow strict safety procedures to keep themselves and their patients safe from radiation
  • Medical radiation technologists may work with patients who experience medical test anxiety
  • Medical radiation technologists generally work 8-hour shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays

Skills and Abilities

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Team Player

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Problem Solver

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Attentive to Detail

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Empathetic and Compassionate

Educational Programs

Red River College Polytechnic

CancerCare Manitoba/University of Winnipeg

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology*
    *Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is located in Calgary, AB. Manitoba Students complete one year of study in Calgary followed by a one-year practicum in Winnipeg hospitals
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