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All About Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Career Description Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

A Day in the Life of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  • Train or supervise student or subordinate nuclear medicine technologists.
  • Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
  • Process cardiac function studies, using computer.
  • Position radiation fields, radiation beams, and patient to allow for most effective treatment of patient’s disease, using computer.
  • Develop treatment procedures for nuclear medicine treatment programs.
  • Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.

Qualities of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

When polled, Nuclear Medicine Technologists say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Radioisotope Technician
  • Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
  • Radioisotope Technologist
  • Staff Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Medical Radiation Dosimetrist

Job Opportunities for Nuclear Medicine Technologists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 20,100 jobs in the United States for Nuclear Medicine Technologist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,000 new jobs for Nuclear Medicine Technologist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,300 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Nuclear Medicine Technologist are Wyoming, Utah, and Alaska. Watch out if you plan on working in North Dakota, Hawaii, or Delaware. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

Nuclear Medicine Technologists make between $55,330 and $104,730 a year.

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Nuclear Medicine Technologists who work in California, District of Columbia, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Nuclear Medicine Technologists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $61,350
Arizona $84,230
Arkansas $73,510
California $112,040
Colorado $85,500
Connecticut $88,670
Delaware $82,400
District of Columbia $96,370
Florida $72,090
Georgia $74,420
Hawaii $91,310
Idaho $78,680
Illinois $84,200
Indiana $73,270
Iowa $73,630
Kansas $76,290
Kentucky $67,380
Louisiana $67,500
Maine $73,800
Maryland $80,350
Massachusetts $83,090
Michigan $70,270
Minnesota $85,050
Mississippi $64,710
Missouri $75,680
Montana $76,980
Nebraska $67,470
Nevada $82,340
New Hampshire $82,300
New Jersey $91,690
New Mexico $77,270
New York $87,560
North Carolina $70,180
North Dakota $74,630
Ohio $71,880
Oklahoma $73,270
Oregon $86,040
Pennsylvania $71,550
Rhode Island $89,060
South Carolina $71,410
South Dakota $64,990
Tennessee $63,900
Texas $77,390
Utah $75,250
Vermont $82,590
Virginia $72,090
Washington $91,950
West Virginia $60,350
Wisconsin $80,740
Wyoming $73,620

What Tools & Technology do Nuclear Medicine Technologists Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Nuclear Medicine Technologists:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • MEDITECH software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Radiopharmacy inventory databases

Becoming a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Education needed to be a Nuclear Medicine Technologist:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Nuclear Medicine Technologists Are Employed

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