|Quick Facts: Nuclear Medicine Technologists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$70,180 per year
$33.74 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||20,900|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||20% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||4,200|
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.
Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. Some work in physicians’ offices or imaging clinics. Most nuclear medicine technologists work full time.
Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology. Formal education programs in nuclear medicine technology or a related healthcare field lead to a certificate, an associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree. Technologists must be licensed in some states; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for nuclear medicine technologists was $70,180 in May 2012.
Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the growth will result in only about 4,200 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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