Medical Radiation Technologist

Also known as: MRT’s, radiographer, X-Ray Technician, Medical Imaging Technologist

What do they do?

Medical radiation technologists (MRT) play an important role along side doctors and nurses to help diagnosis illness.

They use x-rays and other imaging equipment to take images of people’s injuries and possible diseases.

Medical radiation technologists usually do shift work and interacts daily with patients of all ages.  Many skills to become an excellent medical radiation technologist are gained on the job.

This is a profession that is registered with a professional board - The Medical Radiation Technologist Board.  You need to complete ongoing professional development to remain registered.  The board has specified eight scopes of practice within the profession:

  • Diagnostic Imaging General Technologist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Sonographer
  • Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI)
  • Trainee Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Trainee Sonographer
  • Trainee Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist

What will I get out of this job?

This career path has no limits.  It is one of the fastest growing health professions in New Zealand.  Demand is growing rapidly and census figures show that the number of Medical Radiation Technologists employed in New Zealand grew by 46% between 1996 and 2006.

As an MRT you also have a high chance of working internationally, making this a great career to choose if you want to work and do an O.E.

How do I get this job?

To become a medical radiation technologist you need to complete a Bachelor's degree in medical radiation technology, which includes work in a clinical setting.

There are three institutes that offer studies in Medical Radiation Technology. Click on the links below to check them out.

Earn while you learn!

Often medical radiation technologists are able to get part time work during the holidays in a clinical setting as an intern, so you can earn money while you study.

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Nicky's profile to see what it's really like on the job.

Subjects to consider:

  • English
  • Maths/Calculus
  • Physics
  • Computing and Information Technology

Remember: always check the entry criteria for any course of study.  Some subjects you definitely need, other subjects may be helpful.


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