Nuclear Medicine Technologist

What is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?

Nuclear Medicine Technologists use a process of administering radioactive pharmaceuticals to ill or injured patients, then using a scanner to detect the radiation in their body and make images of their potentially damaged organs. This process requires a great deal of caution, because radioactive material in all but the tiniest doses is dangerous to human health. Nuclear medicine technologists require a great deal of training because of the sensitive nature of their work. It requires at least an associate’s degree to become a nuclear medicine technologist.

Nuclear medicine techs can be employed anywhere radiation-based diagnostic or treatment methods are employed, which includes:

  • Hospitals
  • Private physician’s offices
  • Research Labs or Imaging Clinics

What Do Nuclear Medicine Technologists Earn?

Nuclear Medicine Technologists earned a median salary of $68,560 per year as of May, 2010, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. The field is expected to see a 19% increase in jobs between 2010 and 2020. Most states require some sort of licensure or certification for practicing nuclear medicine technologists, but those requirements vary by state. Some accredited training programs will have licensure preparation built right into them, so that all a student has to do after graduating is take the licensure test.