Becoming a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear Medicine Technologists prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals as well as other medications to patients. They use specialized equipments to monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs. They operate computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners whenever required.

Key Responsibilities:

Administering radiopharmaceuticals and medications
Processing data and enhancing digital images using high-end technology
Providing images, data analysis and patient information
Evaluating images for instrumentation

Nuclear Medicine Technologists generally work in odd hours. They work in evening or weekend hours depending on the schedule of respective offices. Part-time and shift work opportunities are also available for the Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

Education Requirements: An Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology is the first step towards becoming a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, which may take around four years. In addition, they must avail certification from the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Salary & Job Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for Nuclear Medicine Technologists, remains bright. The projected growth for this profession is pegged at 20% during the period of 2012-22. The average annual salary of the Nuclear Medicine Technologists was $70,180 in 2012.