Radiologic Technologist I (#RH5001)
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$38.95-$47.35 Hourly / $6,751.80-$8,206.86 Monthly / $81,021.66-$98,482.33 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs a variety of radiographic work for diagnostic and treatment purposes; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Radiologic Technologist series. The Radiologic Technologist I is distinguished from that of the Radiologic Technologist II class in that Radiologic Technologists I learn to perform specialized radiographic procedures under the supervision of a radiologist while Radiologic Technologists II independently perform procedures and may assist in training Radiology students.


  • Prepares and positions patients for diagnostic x-ray films; determines the correct exposure factors on the basis of height, weight, portion of body involved and degree of penetration required; selects appropriate cones and screens to reduce secondary radiation and fogging; sets machine control and exposes the required number and type of film.
  • Learns to assist Radiologist in fluoroscopic and other minor interventional x-ray procedures; assembles equipment; measures and mixes barium and contrast media; maintains surveillance over patients, performs radiographs as necessary for the radiographic procedure.
  • Records patient information, patient identification numbers, and number and type of views taken in-patient log; maintains records as required.
  • Demonstrates procedures to students; monitors students' performance of procedures, correcting faulty technique and explaining appropriate methods.
  • May receive on-the-job instructions in mammography and related quality control and quality assurance documentation.
  • Develops exposed film using automatic processors.


License and Certificates: Registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and certification by the Department of Health, State of California, as Radiologic Technologist.

Note: Generally, persons who are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists may obtain certification as a Radiologic Technologists in the State of California upon application and payment of fees to the State Department of Health. 

Special Requirement: Possession of a State of California Certificate in mammography or a State of California fluoroscopy permit may be required as condition for advancement to the Radiologic Technologist II classification.


Methods and techniques of diagnostic radiography; various anatomical positions used in radiography; and care and use of radiographic equipment; and safety practices to prevent overexposure to radiation.


Sit and/or stand for extended periods of time, manual dexterity sufficient to administer procedures and operate equipment, bend, stoop and lift patients; understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions in exact detail; demonstrate the operation of x-ray equipment in practical work situations; position patients for a variety of radiography procedures; work effectively with medical staff, patients, and co-workers; and maintain records.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard, standing for long periods of time, walking, pushing/pulling, and operation of heavy equipment; occasional sitting for long periods of time and stair climbing; Frequency of Lifting-Constant lifting of 5 lbs. or less; frequent restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects or people; occasional lifting of 5 to above 70 lbs.; Visual Requirements-Constant need for overall vision, hand/eye coordination and reading/close up work; frequent need for color perception, depth perception and field of vision; Dexterity-Constant holding, reaching and grasping; frequent writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech and talking in person; frequent hearing on the telephone/radio and talking on the radio; occasional hearing of faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact, decision making, concentration and working alone; frequent exposure to hazardous materials, trauma, grief and death; occasional weekend/night work and overtime/travel; Environmental Conditions-Occasional exposure to hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH5001; EST: 8/1/1958; REV: 10/16/2001;