Nuclear Medicine Technologists
SOC: 29-2033.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
20,700 employed

Projected (2024):
21,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT)
  • Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Isotope Technician
  • Isotope Technologist
  • Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Lead Nuc Med Tech)
  • Medical Radiation Dosimetrist
  • Nuclear Cardiology Technologist
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist
  • Nuclear Medicine PET-CT Technologist (Nuclear Medicine Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography Technologist)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technician
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Nuclear Med Tech)
  • Radiation Safety Officer
  • Radioisotope Technician
  • Radioisotope Technologist
  • Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Staff Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Supervisor Nuclear Medicine


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Calculate, measure, and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
  • Detect and map radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.
  • Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provide them with assistance during test procedures.
  • Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
  • Process cardiac function studies, using computer.
  • Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.
  • Record and process results of procedures.
  • Prepare stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
  • Maintain and calibrate radioisotope and laboratory equipment.
  • Gather information on patients' illnesses and medical history to guide the choice of diagnostic procedures for therapy.
  • Measure glandular activity, blood volume, red cell survival, or radioactivity of patient, using scanners, Geiger counters, scintillometers, or other laboratory equipment.
  • Train or supervise student or subordinate nuclear medicine technologists.
  • Position radiation fields, radiation beams, and patient to allow for most effective treatment of patient's disease, using computer.
  • Add radioactive substances to biological specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces, to determine therapeutic drug or hormone levels.
  • Develop treatment procedures for nuclear medicine treatment programs.
  • Administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.
  • Perform quality control checks on laboratory equipment or cameras.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automated blood pressure cuffs
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automated multisample liquid scintillation counters
  • Automatic film developing equipment
  • Beta vial shields
  • Blood drawing syringes
  • Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital ratemeters
  • Dose calibrators
  • Dual channel spectrometer systems
  • Dual headed gamma cameras
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Finger film badges
  • Gamma scintillation counters
  • Geiger-Mueller meters
  • Infusion pumps
  • Intramuscular hypodermic needles
  • Intravenous IV sets
  • Ion chamber survey meters
  • Laptop computers
  • Large-field gamma cameras
  • Linear accelerator collimator equipment
  • Medical gamma cameras
  • Medical image laser printers
  • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
  • Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners
  • Medical single photo emission computed tomography SPECT equipment
  • Metal laboratory tongs
  • Microhematocrit centrifuges
  • Mobile gamma cameras
  • Oxygen delivery regulators
  • Patient positioning blocks
  • Peripheral intravenous catheters
  • Personal computers
  • Positron emission tomography PET calibration phantoms
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Radiation measurement phantoms
  • Radiation monitoring film badges
  • Radiation protection eyewear
  • Radiation shielding gloves
  • Radiation shielding lead aprons
  • Radiation shielding lead vests
  • Radiation survey meters
  • Radiation uptake detectors
  • Rotating gamma cameras
  • Safety goggles
  • Scintillation crystal detectors
  • Single positron emission computed tomography SPECT calibration phantoms
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Spectrometers
  • Strip chart recorders
  • Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
  • Surgical masks
  • Syringe shields
  • Thermoluminescent dosimeters
  • Triple-head gamma cameras
  • Ultrasound bone density scanners
  • Well counters
  • Wipe test counters
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Gamma camera software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Medovation RadRunner
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Radiopharmacy inventory databases


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800