Is Radiography a Good Career in the UK?

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April 1, 2022
Is Radiography a Good Career in the UK?

Radiographers have a very important role within the NHS –they use imaging technology and other equipment to look inside a patient's body to find out what's causing their illnesses.

But, if you’re interested in this type of job, you might be wondering what a radiography role includes? What hours could you expect to work and what are the UK salaries like? Find out more in this blog:

What Does a Radiography Role Include?

As a radiographer in the UK, you’ll most likely work across a variety of hospital departments, gathering images to help to diagnose patients’ injuries and illnesses. There’s a range of imaging methods that you’ll work with, including x-ray, fluoroscopy, MRI, CT and ultrasound.

Once you’ve gained a few years’ experience, you might even have the chance to contribute towards interpreting images and establishing treatment plans for patients, and after this management and research are other possibilities too.

What Hours Does a UK Radiographer Typically Work?

As an NHS employee, you’ll most likely work a standard 37.5 hours per week, which may include evenings and weekends. The NHS does try to be a flexible employer where possible and so the options of part-time and job sharing role can be an option.

What Salary do Radiographers in the UK Receive?

NHS jobs are covered by the Agenda for Change pay rates, which is made up of a band system. If you’re a newly qualified radiographer, you can expect to start on a salary of £24,907 (which is band 5), and then you may rise up the pay scale to £30,615. Experienced radiographers will earn between £31,365 - £37,890 (at band 6).

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