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Summary of occupation

A radiologist is a physician who specialises in obtaining and interpreting medical images, making him or her an imaging expert. Medical images are obtained by using x-rays (radiographs, CT, fluoroscopy), or radioactive substances (nuclear medicine), others by means of sound waves (ultrasound) or the body's natural magnetism (MRI).

Radiologists assist or advise other doctors and specialists when diagnosing and treating patients using medical imaging.

There are approximately 70 radiologists in Western Australia all of who are based in the metropolitan area. Less than 20% of the practitioners are women.

ANZSCO description: A radiologist is a physician who specialises in  obtaining and interpreting medical images, making him or her an  imaging expert.
Alternative names: Consultant Physician, Medical Specialist
Specialisations: Breast imaging, Cardiovascular radiology, Chest radiology, Emergency radiology, Gastrointestinal radiology, Head and Neck radiology, Interventional radiology, Interventional radiology, Musculo skeletal radiology, Musculoskeletal imaging, Neuroradiology, Nuclear radiology, Paediatric imaging, Radiation Oncology
Job prospects: Good
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A radiologist needs:

  • expert knowledge in imaging and interventional procedures
  • sophisticated observation, diagnostic, analytical and reporting skills
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills to confer and interact with other medical professionals and patients
  • to be able to counsel patients and have compassion towards their situation
  • to coordinate and instruct other radiological staff
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Working conditions

Most radiologists work as part of a clinical team in public or private hospitals or private radiology practices. They are usually employed fulltime and work five days a week however this can vary as some radiologists, particularly those who work in hospitals, may work evenings or on weekends.

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Salary details

On average, diagnostic and interventional radiologists can expect to earn between $2 692 and $3 462 per week ($140 000 and $180 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. ​

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Tools and technologies

Radiology is at the forefront of technological advances in clinical medicine and is becoming more highly sub-specialised as imaging technology increases in its sophistication and complexity.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a radiologist, you must first become a qualified medical practitioner and then specialise in radiology.

Postgraduate courses in medicine are offered by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Western Australia. These degrees usually take four years to complete. Entry requirements include completion of a bachelor degree in any discipline. You must also sit the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and attend an interview at your chosen institution. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

On completion of the postgraduate medical degree, you must work in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency). To then specialise in radiology, doctors can apply to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to undertake further training and ultimately receive fellowship.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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