Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.
Common job titles of Nuclear Medicine Physicians include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
78.26% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
17.39% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Interpret imaging data and confer with other medical specialists to formulate diagnoses.
Calculate, measure, or prepare radioisotope dosages.
Monitor handling of radioactive materials to ensure that established procedures are followed.
Compare nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures, such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
Determine appropriate tests or protocols, based on patients' needs or conditions.
Review procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
Teach nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, or other specialties at graduate educational level.
Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
Perform cardiovascular nuclear medicine procedures, such as exercise testing and pharmacologic stress testing.
Test dosage evaluation instruments and survey meters to ensure they are operating properly.
Administer radioisotopes to clinical patients or research subjects.
Consult with patients following radiation treatments to provide information and assess outcomes or to recommend further consultation or treatments, as appropriate.
Interview and physically examine patients prior to testing.
Monitor quality control of radionuclide preparation, administration, or disposition, ensuring that activities comply with applicable regulations and standards.
Advise other physicians of the clinical indications, limitations, assessments, or risks of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radioactive materials.
Formulate plans and procedures for nuclear medicine departments.
Provide advice on the selection of nuclear medicine supplies or equipment.
Schedule examinations and staff activities.
Consult with anesthesiologists regarding recommended dosages or combinations of sedative drugs.
Conduct laboratory procedures, such as radioimmunoassay studies of blood or urine, using radionuclides.
Direct the safe management and disposal of radioactive substances.
Monitor cleanup of radioactive spills to ensure that proper procedures are followed and that decontamination activities are conducted.
Ultrasound bone density scanners
Stress treadmill machines
Single position emission computed tomography/computed tomography SPECT/CT imaging equipment
Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AEDAll Tools
Radiation shielding gloves
Radiation measurement phantoms
Portable radiation survey meters
Metal laboratory tongs
Mercury blood pressure measuring equipment
Medical single photo emission computed tomography SPECT equipment
Medical safety masks
Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners
Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
Medical examination protective gloves
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
Laboratory transfer pipettes
Laboratory test tubes
Intravenous IV sets
Gamma ray cameras
Electrocardiography EKG machines
Diagnostic ultrasound equipment
Computed tomography CT systems
Beta vial shields
Automated blood pressure cuffs
ACOM Solutions RAPID EMR
Allscripts Professional EHR
Digital image processing software
Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM medical imaging software
GE Healthcare Centricity EMRAll Technologies
Motion correction software
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Radiopharmacy inventory databases
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility
Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure
Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Fine Manipulative Abilities › Psychomotor Abilities › Arm-Hand Steadiness
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas