Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer chemicals known as radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs) used in the diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases. These drugs are administered to a patient and absorbed by specific locations in the patient's body, thus allowing technologists to use diagnostic equipment to image and analyze their concentration in certain tissues or organs. Technicians also perform laboratory tests on patients' blood and urine to determine certain body chemical levels. There are approximately 20,020 nuclear medicine technologists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Answer patient's questions about imaging process; prepare and monitor patient during imaging activity; follow safety procedures to avoid excessive radiation exposure; examine and maintain imaging equipment; keep detailed records
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide, particularly in urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience; lab experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nuclear Medicine Department Administrator
  • Supervisor
  • Chief Technologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Medical Technician

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