Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Handle radioactive materials for use in medical diagnosis and treatment.

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Salary Range
$49,000 – $92,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Nuclear Medicine Technologists do?

As the Nuclear Medicine Technologist, you work in tandem with a Nuclear Medicine Physician. Both of you work in the field of nuclear medicine, which uses radioactive substances to treat and diagnose patients.

This is a pretty advanced field, and you’ll need an intimate understanding of radioactive physics, the biology of the human body, and the technical nature of the machines and equipment used in the course of treatment. In fact, the title Nuclear Medicine Technologist refers to the use of radionuclides in your work. Basically, these are elements whose nuclei decay radioactively in the course of their treatment of patients. It’s a true cross between physics and medicine.

A typical day for a Nuclear Medicine Technologist includes: preparing radioactive materials for injection into patients, explaining procedures to patients, working with a Nuclear Medicine Physician to decide on the best course of action and care plan for patients, and, of course, performing diagnostic imaging using x-rays, MRI and CAT scan machines.

Because you have such stellar patient care and technological expertise, you’re in high demand in most areas of healthcare. This means that you’ll have a variety of career options open to you once you’re ready to move on. So whether you want to continue on into research as a Research Technologist, or go into management as a Hospital Administrator, you will be welcomed with open arms.

Should I be a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, CNMT, Nuclear Cardiology Technologist, Nuclear Medical Technologist See More

    How to Become a
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