|Quick Facts: Nuclear Medicine Technologists|
$78,760 per year
$37.86 per hour
|2% (Slower than average)|
What Nuclear Medicine Technologists Do
Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive drugs for imaging or treatment.
Most nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals. Some work in physicians’ offices, diagnostic laboratories, or imaging clinics. Most nuclear medicine technologists work full time.
How to Become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree from an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Formal education programs in nuclear medicine technology or a related healthcare field lead to a certificate, an associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree. Most nuclear medicine technologists become certified, and some must be licensed.
The median annual wage for nuclear medicine technologists was $78,760 in May 2021.
Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is projected to grow 2 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 1,000 openings for nuclear medicine technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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