CT Technologist

Scan body parts using specialized equipment.
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Salary Range
$37,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do CT Technologists do?

The name’s Technologist, Computed Tomography Technologist.

Besides impressing friends with your multisyllabic job title, having a CT Technologist career gives you hands-on experience with the latest medical equipment, and puts you in the Driver ‘s seat of patient comfort. CT Technologists perform CT scans—pictures showing the inside of a specific part of the patient’s body—and examine the results. With all the stress that comes from a trip to the hospital or Doctor ’s office, patients look to the CT Technologist for comfort and assurance that the scan is, in fact, quick and pain-free.

During the day, you prep patients and perform scans lasting several minutes. It takes time to set everything up and check that the scan was successful. Often, you’ll keep the patient occupied while they’re waiting, and instruct them on what to do during the scan: lie still, take a deep breath, and relax…great job!

Once the scan is complete, you give it the once-over and check that everything shows up properly. It wouldn’t do to send the patient back to their room only to discover later that the scan didn’t work.

At the heart of things, you do more than just run the machines. You’re the Detective collecting clues that could reveal what mystery illness is interfering with the patient’s life. Your work goes beyond comforting and helping patients with the scan. You also offer them hope for a cure.

Should I be a CT Technologist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: CT/MRI Technologist, CT Scan Technologist, CTT, CT Technician

    How to become a CT Technologist

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