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Radiation Protection Technician

16 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
10 Master's Degrees Annually
#108 in Popularity
$55,270 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Radiation Protection Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many radiation protection/health physics technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 19
Bachelor’s Degree 16
Undergraduate Certificate 15
Master’s Degree 10
Basic Certificate 3

What Radiation Protection Technician Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to radiation protection/health physics technician were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in radiation protection/health physics technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Skills for Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician Majors

radiation protection/health physics technician majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician Majors

As a radiation protection/health physics technician major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Radiation Protection Technician Major?

People with a radiation protection/health physics technician degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 9.9% $50,780

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Radiation Protection Technician?

16 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
69% Percent Women
0% 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 radiation protection/health physics technician majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 16
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Radiation Protection Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,270 to $79,970 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to radiation protection/health physics technician. 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 Radiation Protection Technician Major  ( 55270 to 79970 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with radiation protection/health physics technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for radiation protection/health physics technician careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 18.4%
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) 11.2%
Some College Courses 7.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 24.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 30.1%
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. 3.2%
Master’s Degree 4.8%

Online Radiation Protection Technician Programs

In 2018-2019, 12 schools offered a radiation protection/health physics technician program of some type. 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) 2 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 0
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 Radiation Protection Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a radiation protection/health physics technician grad is $55,270 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 39% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $307,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to radiation protection/health physics technician.

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
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 661
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 589
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 117
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
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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