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308 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
16 Master's Degrees Annually
#58 in Popularity
$78,870 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nuclear Medical Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nuclear medical technology/technologist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 308
Associate’s Degree 222
Undergraduate Certificate 88
Basic Certificate 27
Master’s Degree 16

What Nuclear Medical Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, nuclear medical technology/technologist majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Majors

Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Majors

When studying nuclear medical technology/technologist, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Majors

As a nuclear medical technology/technologist major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Nuclear Medical Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with nuclear medical technology/technologist:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 10.0% $76,820

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Medical Technology?

308 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 69% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of nuclear medical technology/technologist majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 12
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 37
White 198
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist. About 8.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Nuclear Medical Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $78,870 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to nuclear medical technology/technologist. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Nuclear Medical Technology Major  ( 78870 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with nuclear medical technology/technologist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for nuclear medical technology/technologist careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 3.8%
Some College Courses 1.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 45.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 18.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.0%
Master’s Degree 10.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.8%
Doctoral Degree 7.5%
Post-Doctoral Training 5.8%

Online Nuclear Medical Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 schools offered some type of nuclear medical technology/technologist program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 11 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 23 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 39 2
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 11 2
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Nuclear Medical Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a nuclear medical technology/technologist grad is $78,870 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 98% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $779,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to nuclear medical technology/technologist.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28,857
Physician Assistant 10,197
Radiologic Technology 9,768
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,134
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,546
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,400
Athletic Training 5,307
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 2,036
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,458
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 773
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 589
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 117
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 63
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 43
Hearing Instrument Specialist 39
Gene/Genetic Therapy 19

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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