Radiography assistants help radiographers with their day-to-day duties.
Salary range: £18,813 to £23,761
How to become a radiography assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You may find it useful when applying for jobs if you’ve got a college qualification, for example:
- Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
- Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care
- Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could complete an intermediate apprenticeship as a healthcare science assistant.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start as a healthcare assistant and work your way up through training and promotion. You may be able to study on the job for a qualification in clinical imaging support.
Volunteering and experience
You may have an advantage if you’ve worked or volunteered in a health or social care role.
You could apply directly to work as a radiography assistant. There are no set requirements, although many employers will ask for GCSE in subjects like maths, English and science.
Some employers may also prefer you to have a qualification in healthcare or health and social care.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join The Society of Radiographers for professional development and training opportunities.
You can get more advice about working as a radiography assistant from Health Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of medicine and dentistry
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- providing reassurance to patients
- giving information
- taking patients to and from other wards
- helping to maintain equipment and reporting any faults
- assisting with procedures like biopsies
- clerical tasks
You could work at a hospice or in an NHS or private hospital.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
You could join the Society of Radiographers to help progress your career.
With experience and further study, you could go on to be an assistant practitioner or fully qualified radiographer.
You may be able to do this on a secondment basis with financial support from your employer.