Radiologic Technologists Physical Demands, Skills and Abilities
Radiologic technologists frequently:
- Use hands to control objects, tools, or controls.
- Stand or sit for long periods of time.
- Repeat the same movements.
- Walk or run for long periods of time.
- Bend or twist their body.
- Lift objects.
It is important for radiologic technologists to be able to:
- See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
- Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
- Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
- Use fingers or hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
- Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
- Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
- Understand the speech of another person.
- Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
It is not as important, but still necessary, for radiologic technologists to be able to:
- Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
- Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
- Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
- See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
- See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
- Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
- Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
- Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
- React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
- Determine the distance between objects.
- Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
- Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
- Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
- Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
- Move arms and legs quickly.
- Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Skills and Abilities
Radiologic technologists need to:
Listen to others, understand, and ask questions.
Express ideas clearly when speaking or writing.
Read and understand written information.
Reason and Problem Solve
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
Develop rules or follow guidelines when arranging items.
Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
Understand new information or materials by studying and working with them.
Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.
Concentrate and not be distracted while performing a task.
Judge the costs and benefits of a possible action.
Identify problems and review information. Develop, review, and apply solutions.
Use Math and Science
Use math and science skills to solve problems.
Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things
Check how well one is learning or doing something.
Manage the time of self and others.
Work with People
Look for ways to help people.
Be aware of others' reactions and change behavior in relation to them.
Teach others how to do something using several methods.
Work with Things
Watch gauges, dials, and output to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operate and control equipment.
Test and inspect products or processes. Evaluate quality or performance.
Determine the causes of technical problems and find solutions for them.
Determine the tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Perceive and Visualize
Identify a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in distracting material.
Imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged.
Quickly and accurately compare letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns.
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