Radiation Protection Specialist

Keep radiation in check by inspecting equipment and instructing workers.
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$39,000 – $94,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Radiation Protection Specialists do?

Small amounts of radioactive particles surround us each and every day. When small amounts become large, though, that radiation can cause disease or even death. Large amounts of radiation are difficult to spot with the naked eye, making protection that much more difficult. As a Radiation Protection Specialist, you use special tools to ensure that radiation isn’t allowed to build up to dangerous amounts.

Inspecting medical facilities takes up much of your time. When the Radiation Protection Specialist arrives, he or she checks the licenses of the people who operate the equipment, ensuring that they’re up to date. Using a special meter, the Radiation Protection Specialist also checks the radiation equipment, making sure that large amounts of radiation aren’t escaping into the atmosphere.

The rooms that house the equipment are often lined with lead, preventing the radioactive rays from escaping. During your inspections, you measure the lead in the walls, and make sure those lead inserts have no holes or damage.

But protective rooms can only truly protect workers if those workers do their jobs properly. Often, you ask people to demonstrate how to use the equipment, and you correct mistakes that could lead to increased exposure. You sprinkle praise into your lessons so your students don’t become hostile. Happy students may reward you with coffee or treats, and you’d like to keep those sweet snacks coming.

New medical offices often must be inspected before the tenants can begin using radiation. You travel to the site and perform your inspections, and you issue a certificate of compliance if all goes well.

Should I be a Radiation Protection Specialist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Certified Professional Ergonomist, Environmental Protection Inspector, Environmental Protection Officer See More

    How to Become a
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