Diagnostic radiographers are at the forefront of patient care, specialising in taking internal images of the body to help doctors make an accurate diagnosis.
Edward Chan Hung-tat, chairman of the Hong Kong Radiographers' Association, says there's huge demand for their services as there are only around 50 local graduates in the field every year.
The demand has intensified and private clinics are luring talent away from government hospitals with higher pay.
"For a diagnostic radiographer who works for the government, salaries start at around HK$19,000. Senior radiographers can make about HK$60,000 to HK$70,000. Private practices are willing to offer a starting salary of up to HK$21,000 or HK$22,000 and up to HK$80,000 or HK$90, 000 for senior positions," Chan says.
In Hong Kong, only Polytechnic University offers a bachelor's degree in radiography. Up