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 21,800 nuclear medicine technologists employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required