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Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Also called: Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT), Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Nuclear Med Tech), Staff Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Supervisor Nuclear Medicine

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force or Navy.

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.
  • Detect and map radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.
  • Process cardiac function studies, using computer.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Math and Science
  • biology
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

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
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Radiopharmacy inventory databases
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$70,180
per year, on average
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