Medical Imaging Professionals
Medical Imaging Professionals operate X-ray and other radiation producing and imaging equipment for diagnostic, monitoring and treatment purposes under the direction of Radiologists and other Medical Practitioners.
receiving referrals from Medical Practitioners to perform medical imaging and radiation treatment of patients
determining the appropriate equipment to use, such as X-ray equipment, radiation scanners, fluoroscopes, ultrasound equipment, nuclear instrumentation, angiography equipment and computed tomography (CT) equipment, and selecting the appropriate equipment settings to provide the diagnostic information requested by Medical Practitioners
calculating details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation, size and strength of dosage of isotopes, and settings of recording equipment
explaining procedures to patients and answering patients' inquiries about processes
ensuring patients' welfare during procedures
positioning patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures
viewing the screen and deciding if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, and selecting images to show Medical Practitioners
conveying findings of procedures to Medical Practitioners
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 18,200 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 67% of people employed as Medical Imaging Professionals work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is similar to the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median hourly earnings are $53, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Most Medical Imaging Professionals work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Medical Imaging Professionals||All Jobs Average|
Around 65% of Medical Imaging Professionals live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Medical Imaging Professionals is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 71% of the workforce. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Medical Imaging Professionals||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A formal qualification in the relevant medical imaging field is needed to work as a Medical Imaging Professional. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.
Registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia or the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Medical Imaging Professionals||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||30.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.2||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
48%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Looking for ways to help people.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
37%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
32%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
83%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
61%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
54%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
51%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
40%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
34%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
33%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
32%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
32%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
32%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
28%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
45%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
85%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
81%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
80%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
74%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
74%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
72%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
69%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
67%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
67%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
63%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
61%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
60%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
59%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
59%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
52%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
52%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
52%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
51%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
43%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
99%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
97%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
94%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work with people in a group or team.
Talk on the telephone.
91%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
89%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
87%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
83%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Be exposed to radiation.
81%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
81%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
80%Wear specialized protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.
79%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
79%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
78%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
77%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
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