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Nuclear Medicine Technologists
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of nuclear medicine technologists should grow faster than the average through 2018. The marketing and research consulting firm IMV Medical Information Division reported that 15.7 million patients received nuclear medicine imaging and therapeutic procedures in 2007, an increase over the 15.2 million nuclear procedures in 2006. Advances in medical diagnostic procedures could lead to increased use of nuclear medicine technology in the diagnosis and treatment of more diseases, including cancer treatment and cardiology. In addition, as the country's population ages, there will be a growing number of middle-aged and older persons, who are the main users of diagnostic tests. A growing population using these tests will create a demand for more professionals to administer the procedures. Most new job opportunities are expected to be in areas with large hospitals.