Career Details

Mammography Technologist

Career Overview

A mammography technologist is responsible for preparing a patient for and guiding them through the process of having a mammogram in order to look for cancer or other problems in a woman's breast. In addition, they may assist with taking biopsies.


Completing a two-year college program in Radiologic Technology or a related field is necessary to perform this job. Additional courses related to mammography may also be required. Having a four-year bachelor’s degree in a related field would likely make a person more competitive during the job search.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$38,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$82,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Mammography technologists typically work in hospitals and imaging clinics. Because this position involves taking biopsies at times, you will need to be able to deal with the presence of blood at times.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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