Nuclear Medicine TechnologistsNuclear Medicine Technologists prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment, under the direction of a physician.
They prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and administer it by mouth, injection, or other means to patients.
They take patient's medical history and explain test procedures. They keep records of treatments and disposal of radionuclides usage and disposal.
Most Nuclear Medicine Technologists work in hospitals, but are also employed by physicians' offices and clinics.
- Background course work in physical and biological sciences.
- Completion of two to four years of education or training in certificate or degree programs accredited by the Joint Review committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
- Adherence to strict safety guidelines.
- Certification or registration preferred.
- Physical stamina to lift and turn patients.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- Fingerprint clearance may be required by employer.
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists Median hourly wage: $31.02
- Average annual wage: $66,045
- Estimated number of Nuclear Medicine Technologists in 2002: 1,300
- Estimated number of Nuclear Medicine Technologists in 2012: 1,600
- Estimated annual job openings: 50
Possible Career Paths for Nuclear Medicine Technologists include becoming a: