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Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Required Education & Licensure
This profession requires an associate’s degree. Licensure is acquired through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists certification exam and the Nuclear Medicine Technology certification exam.
What do they do?
Technologists administer small amounts of radioactive pharmaceuticals into the patient. The radiation emitted by the body is detected by specialized equipment, which converts the radiation measurements to images which are used to detect abnormalities. See program description at Armstrong Radiologic Sciences.
Where do they work?
Hospitals, physician's offices, clinics, public health service agencies, and private industries.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states the median annual wage for nuclear medicine technologists was $70,180 in May 2012.