laboratory student nmtStudents that come through the Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology are well prepared for a variety of different career paths. The majority of graduates work in the hospital setting within a Nuclear Medicine Department. Others work in outpatient facilities and physician offices as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

Some students become travel technologists and work with a company to provide care to areas where access to care for patients is low. Some graduates choose to work in industry, helping to develop and train individuals on the latest technology in Nuclear Medicine. Still, others go into research and help develop new Nuclear Medicine radiopharmaceuticals to help diagnose and treat diseases for future patients.

Our students are also eligible to become the Radiation Safety Officer for a hospital and help to enforce radiation safety practices for employees.

1,000 Hours of Experience

One other unique aspect that the Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology offers is that graduates receive about 1,000 hours of hands-on, clinical experience while in the program. These hours can be difficult to obtain outside of a program like this, and these clinical hours are valuable especially for our graduates that choose to further education in medicine. The Master of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology is the gateway to success for many students at UAB.

Career Outlook for Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine was ranked among the Top 20 “Best Healthcare Jobs” according to U.S. News & World Report. Employment of Nuclear Medicine Technologists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An aging population may lead to the need for Nuclear Medicine Technologists who can provide imaging to patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or treatments for cancers and other diseases. (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging has "What Patients Need to Know About Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging," a more detailed look at what technologies a Nuclear Medical Technologist might work with.