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Career Profile: Radiologic Technologist

Career Profile: Radiologic Technologist

Dennis Johnson, Certified Radiologic Technologist, Computerized Tomography (CT) Supervisor, Department of Radiology, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

What I like best/least about my work…

What I like best about my work is the interaction with the patients. Most of the patients that come through my department return for many years. I get to know them and their families. The best part of my job is to see a young patient grow-up, and best of all, recover his or her health.

What I like least about my work and which takes a lot of time is the administrative responsibilities. However, they are necessary to run the department and give service to our patients. The downside of my friendship with the patients is the fact that many of them do not recover. I never look forward to the fact that a patient will not return to radiology. I always hope for the best for all the people that come through.

My career goals are…

My career goals are not completely set now. I love my job, but I may decide to apply for a position as an administrative officer. That would give me a chance to use my training in economics and finance. However, I’m not sure that I want to leave my work with the patients.

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