Health Physicist

Keep radiation in hospitals, schools, and other places within safe levels.

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Salary Range
$80,000 – $139,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Health Physicists do?

A Health Physicist keeps the levels and effects of radiation low. The work of a Health Physicist could take place at a hospital, school, laboratory, or office setting — anything that’s susceptible to the dangers of radiation. As a Health Physicist, you might also work for a company that visits people’s homes to ensure that radiation levels are normal.

There is, weirdly enough, an “acceptable amount” of radiation that humans can be around on a daily basis. But this number is specific, and varies only slightly according to age and weight, giving a baseline amount. If there’s a large number of children in the area, as there are in elementary schools, then the radiation level must be even lower.

In order to get to the point where you’re creating an acceptable amount of radiation, you must first go through the process of testing — the water, the air, the soil, the environment, and so on. You must note the sources, the proximity to humans, and more.

You also have to deal with managers and directors — anyone in charge — and get them to abide by the rules. You conduct safety seminars in schools and other communities, and you answer questions. Additionally, you head up efforts to clean up nuclear power plants, which involves making safety plans and monitoring the cleaning crew. Look for anything that’s green or glowing, and any fish with three eyes!

Should I be a Health Physicist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Radiation Control Health Physicist

    How to become a Health Physicist

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