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What Do Nuclear Medicine Physician Do?

Job Description: Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.

Nuclear Medicine Physician Responsibilities

  • Test dosage evaluation instruments and survey meters to ensure they are operating properly.
  • Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
  • Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
  • Monitor cleanup of radioactive spills to ensure that proper procedures are followed and that decontamination activities are conducted.
  • Determine appropriate tests or protocols based on patients' needs or conditions.
  • Provide advice on the selection of nuclear medicine supplies or equipment.

What a Nuclear Medicine Physician Should Know

When polled, Nuclear Medicine Physicians say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Types of Nuclear Medicine Physician Jobs

  • Medical Doctor, Nuclear Medicine
  • Physician
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • Nuclear Physician
  • Director of Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Physician Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 372,400 jobs for Nuclear Medicine Physician in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 42,300 new jobs for Nuclear Medicine Physician by 2026. The BLS estimates 14,300 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Nuclear Medicine Physician are Arizona, Alaska, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Connecticut, Rhode Island, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Nuclear Medicine Physician

The salary for Nuclear Medicine Physicians ranges between about $60,280 and $208,000 a year.

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Nuclear Medicine Physicians who work in Alaska, Arizona, or Colorado, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Nuclear Medicine Physicians in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $183,510
Alaska $244,220
Arizona $229,090
Arkansas $165,290
California $208,740
Colorado $219,310
Connecticut $221,870
Delaware $216,600
District of Columbia $182,910
Florida $205,020
Georgia $235,060
Hawaii $228,470
Idaho $241,670
Illinois $183,780
Indiana $237,470
Iowa $219,300
Kansas $191,430
Kentucky $223,770
Louisiana $183,920
Maine $257,550
Maryland $196,210
Massachusetts $207,990
Michigan $181,760
Minnesota $245,040
Mississippi $174,340
Missouri $203,440
Montana $247,260
Nebraska $161,880
Nevada $227,500
New Hampshire $275,840
New Jersey $208,820
New Mexico $229,100
New York $171,060
North Carolina $198,040
North Dakota $266,510
Ohio $212,160
Oklahoma $155,130
Oregon $202,750
Pennsylvania $195,810
Rhode Island $209,580
South Carolina $185,210
South Dakota $227,710
Tennessee $231,960
Texas $199,370
Utah $218,210
Vermont $176,520
Virginia $199,080
Washington $239,080
West Virginia $222,270
Wisconsin $239,610
Wyoming $234,610

Tools & Technologies Used by Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Nuclear Medicine Physicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Scheduling software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • eClinicalWorks
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • SOAPware EMR
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
  • Radiopharmacy inventory databases
  • Alteer Office
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM medical imaging software

How to Become a Nuclear Medicine Physician

What kind of Nuclear Medicine Physician requirements are there?

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What work experience do I need to become a Nuclear Medicine Physician?

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Who Employs Nuclear Medicine Physicians?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Nuclear Medicine Physicians employed by various industries.

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