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Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Also called: Director of Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Nuclear Medicine Specialist, Physician

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Nuclear Medicine Specialist

What they do:
Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
  • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
  • Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.


  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology
  • physics
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Motion correction software
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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