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Nuclear Medicine Technologists

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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 19,740 nuclear medicine technologists employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Realistic

Technical

Career Ladder
Nuclear Medicine Department Administrator

Supervisor

Chief Technologist

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Medical Technician

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