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Vol. 55, Number 2
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Medical physicists and health physicists: Radiation occupations

Radiation has many practical benefits—and many risks. These workers help us use it safely.

Did you know that physicists help save lives? Physicists arenít found only in lecture halls and laboratories. Some use their knowledge of physics principles to work in medicine and health.

Physics is the study of matter and energy and the ways in which the two interact. Some physicists use their expertise in physics to focus on radiation. These specialists, called medical physicists and health physicists, work to help people or protect the environment.

Keep reading to learn more about these two types of physicists. The first section describes what medical physicists and health physicists do on the job. The second section provides information about employment and wages. And the third section covers skills, training, and certification.

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Last Updated: August 12, 2011