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Job Title - Radiographer


A Radiographer applies X-rays, radioactive substances or ultrasound to patients for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The radiographer works at the request of a qualified doctor or dentist.

Typical Job Activities

There are four categories of radiography:
Diagnostic radiography: The radiographer captures x-ray images of the human body on film or other media using sophisticated x-ray equipment
Therapeutic radiography: The radiographer localises, plans and administers radiation for the treatment of diseases, mostly cancer
Nuclear medicine: Radioactive nuclides are used to capture diagnostic images of the anatomy and physiology of the patient
Ultrasound: Images of the human body are recorded using equipment which generates high-frequency sound waves. The radiographer may also be involved in administration, personnel management or teaching

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Educational Requirements

3-4 years University/Technikon Studies
Senior Certificate with matric
exemption for a degree course
Senior Certificate for a diploma course

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics and Physical Science
Recommended subjects: Biology

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have good health and average stamina
Be able to get along well with others
Have a desire to help people
Be emotionally mature and stable
Inspire confidence and set patients at ease
Be an accurate and thorough worker

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Options


International Employment Market


Possible Employers

Government - national, provincial, local councils and related organisations like universities, hospitals and clinics
Self-employed: Contractor, consultant, own practice, freelance - Private radiological practices

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Relevant Contact Details

The Society of Radiographers of South Africa

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

A job in government
A job in private companies
A stable job
To be of service to people
To work with technology
To focus on a specific field