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Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Diagnostic imaging embraces several procedures that aid in diagnosing ailments, the most familiar being the x ray.
The Job
Nuclear medicine technologists operate cameras that detect and map the radioactive drug in a patient's body to create diagnostic images. After explaining test procedures to patients, technologists prepare a dosage of the radiopharmaceutical and administer it by mouth, injection, inhalation, or other means.
Work Environment
Physical stamina is important because nuclear medicine technologists are on their feet much of the day and may have to lift or turn disabled patients.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Nuclear medicine technology programs range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Nuclear medicine technologists must be able to work independently as they usually have little direct supervision.
Quick Facts
  • Two-thirds of nuclear medicine technologists worked in hospitals.
  • Nuclear medicine technology programs range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree.
  • Faster-than-average job growth will arise from an increase in the number of middle-aged and elderly persons, who are the primary users of diagnostic and treatment procedures.
  • The number of job openings each year will be relatively low because the occupation is small; technologists who also are trained in other diagnostic methods, such as radiologic technology or diagnostic
Compensation and Outlook
The median annual wage of nuclear medicine technologists was $66,660 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $57,270 and $78,240. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,450, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $87,770. The median annual wage of nuclear medicine technologists in general medical and surgical hospitals was $66,320.
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