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NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST
Daily Tasks
Nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) use radioactive materials, called radiopharmaceuticals, to create images of organs, study body functions, analyze biological specimens and treat disease. NMTs prepare the radiopharmaceuticals, administer them to patients, conduct imaging scans and process and enhance the images on a computer.
Skills/Talents
Communications skills, positive personality, human relations skills, multitasking, self-motivated, ability to work independently, ability to work with a team, professional image, respect diversity, flexibility, honesty and caring attitude towards people.
Work Setting
Nuclear medicine procedure rooms on campus.
Work Hours
Primarily day shifts, Monday-Friday, with some on-call requirements (including holidays and weekends).
Education
Graduate of an accredited nuclear medicine technology program.
Qualifications
Candidates must be board certified in nuclear medicine technology and maintain current knowledge and proficiency in nuclear medicine through continuing education.
Recommended High School Classes
college prep, computer applications, English composition, health sciences, advanced science (biology, chemistry, physics), advanced math, and psychology
Minnesota Median Salary
$35.71/hour ($74,562/yr)
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
REAL LIFE
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