Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that uses unique, safe, and painless techniques both to image the body and treat disease.
Entry-level positions in nuclear medical technology range from $40,000 - $45,000.
Career opportunities in nuclear medical technology include not only clinical nuclear medicine technologists, but also as educators, research assistants, health physicists, hospital radiation safety officers, state inspectors, physicians, and sales representatives for nuclear instrumentation and radiopharmaceutical companies.
Employment opportunities exist in medical centers; veterans and armed forces medical centers or hospitals; public health institutions; industrial, chemical, and biochemical research laboratories; and atomic power or nuclear instrumentation manufacturing companies.
A nuclear medicine technologist (NMT) has direct patient contact when performing the nuclear medicine procedures and uses a variety of radiation equipment and computers to acquire data.
Other responsibilities of an NMT include quality control and preparation of radioactive drugs.