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Military Nuclear Medicine Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Nuclear medicine technicians in the Military administer radioactive isotope via injection, inhalation, and oral administration to create images of organs and organ systems, study body functions and flow, analyze biological specimens, and treat disease. They operate and maintain Gamma camera imaging equipment, devices, and probes.

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Work Environment

Nuclear medicine technicians work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals. They follow strict safety procedures to minimize exposure to radiation.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Nuclear Medicine Technicians in the Military

271

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Salary

Average Salary

$107,810

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 62%
  • Bachelor's degree 21%
  • Post baccalaureate 5%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Some college 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Nuclear medicine technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Operation of diagnostic imaging equipmentRadioactive isotope therapyImage processingAnatomy and physiologyPatient care in radiologyMedical ethics and lawPrinciples of radiation protectionField radiography

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics

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