Military Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Nuclear medicine physicians plan, conduct, interpret, and direct nuclear medical examinations and therapy, including systemic administration of ionizing radiation, patient care, and activities concerned with the medical aspects of nuclear energy and bionucleonics. They train and supervise technicians in the use and care of equipment and radioactive materials, and in the protection against radiation hazards.

Work Environment

Nuclear medicine physicians work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Nuclear Medicine Physicians in the Military

2,534

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Salary

Average Salary

$113,346

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 67%
  • Bachelor's degree 11%
  • Doctoral degree 10%
  • First professional degree 7%
  • Associate's degree 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for nuclear medicine physicians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety/TeamSTEPPS® Essentials and Fundamentals Mishap Investigation and Prevention Operational Aeromedical Problems Senior LeadershipJoint Operations Medical Management

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Education and Training
  • Customer and Personal Service
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