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Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Quick Facts : Nuclear Medicine Technologists*
2010 Median Pay$68,560
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201221,900
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change4,100

Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient?s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.

What Nuclear Medicine Technologists Do

  • Explain imaging procedures to the patient and answer questions
  • Examine machines to make sure that they are safe and working properly
  • Prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to the patient
  • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to drugs
  • Operate equipment that creates images of areas in the body, such as images of organs

Work Environment

Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. Some work in physicians' offices or imaging clinics.
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Job Outlook

Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, but because it is a small occupation, the growth will result in only about 4,100 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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The average salary of nuclear medicine technologists in May 2010 was $68,560.
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Becoming a Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate's degree in nuclear medicine technology; there are also bachelor's degree programs. Some technologists become qualified by completing an associate's or a bachelor's degree program in a related health field.
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