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Nuclear Medicine Technologists
SOC Code: 29-2033.00

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT), Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Lead Nuc Med Tech), Nuclear Cardiology Technologist, Nuclear Medicine PET-CT Technologist (Nuclear Medicine Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography Technologist), Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Nuclear Med Tech), Radiation Safety Officer, Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Staff Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Supervisor Nuclear Medicine

Tasks

  • Administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.
  • Detect and map radiopharmaceuticals in patients' bodies, using a camera to produce photographic or computer images.
  • Process cardiac function studies, using computer.
  • Calculate, measure, and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used, and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
  • Record and process results of procedures.
  • Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
  • Prepare stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
  • Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provide them with assistance during test procedures.
  • Perform quality control checks on laboratory equipment or cameras.
  • Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.
  • Gather information on patients' illnesses and medical history to guide the choice of diagnostic procedures for therapy.
  • Maintain and calibrate radioisotope and laboratory equipment.
  • Measure glandular activity, blood volume, red cell survival, or radioactivity of patient, using scanners, Geiger counters, scintillometers, or other laboratory equipment.
  • Train or supervise student or subordinate nuclear medicine technologists.
  • Position radiation fields, radiation beams, and patient to allow for most effective treatment of patient's disease, using computer.
  • Add radioactive substances to biological specimens, such as blood, urine, or feces, to determine therapeutic drug or hormone levels.
  • Develop treatment procedures for nuclear medicine treatment programs.

Technology Skills

  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Medical software - Electronic medical record EMR software; Gamma camera software; MEDITECH software ; Medovation RadRunner (see all 5 examples)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles - Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Blood collection syringes - Blood drawing syringes
  • Chart recorders - Strip chart recorders
  • Desktop computers
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Electronic blood pressure units - Automated blood pressure cuffs
  • Eye shields - Radiation protection eyewear
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components - Oxygen delivery regulators
  • Gamma counters - Gamma scintillation counters
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Hypodermic needle - Intramuscular hypodermic needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use - Infusion pumps
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits - Intravenous IV sets
  • Laboratory tongs - Metal laboratory tongs
  • Liquid scintillation counters - Automated multisample liquid scintillation counters; Well counters
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT quality assurance or calibration phantoms or devices - Positron emission tomography PET calibration phantoms; Single positron emission computed tomography SPECT calibration phantoms
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes - Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Medical gamma cameras for general use - Dual headed gamma cameras; Large-field gamma cameras; Rotating gamma cameras; Triple-head gamma cameras (see all 6 examples)
  • Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers - Medical image laser printers
  • Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors - Automatic film developing equipment
  • Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators - Linear accelerator collimator equipment
  • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
  • Medical positron emission tomography PET units - Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners
  • Medical radiation dosimeters - Dose calibrators; Finger film badges
  • Medical radiation films or badges - Radiation monitoring film badges
  • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use - Patient positioning blocks
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes - Radiation shielding lead aprons; Radiation shielding lead vests
  • Medical radiological shielding gloves - Radiation shielding gloves
  • Medical radiological shielding portable containers for radioactive materials - Beta vial shields; Syringe shields
  • Medical single photon emission computed tomography SPECT units - Medical single photo emission computed tomography SPECT equipment
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks - Surgical masks
  • Medical ultrasound bone densitometers - Ultrasound bone density scanners
  • Microcentrifuges - Microhematocrit centrifuges
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use - Peripheral intravenous catheters
  • Personal computers
  • Phantom dosimeters - Radiation measurement phantoms
  • Pulse oximeter units - Pulse oximeters
  • Radiation detectors - Digital ratemeters; Radiation survey meters; Radiation uptake detectors; Wipe test counters (see all 7 examples)
  • Scintillation crystal assemblies - Scintillation crystal detectors
  • Specimen collection container - Specimen collection containers
  • Spectrometers - Dual channel spectrometer systems
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers - Evacuated blood collection tubes

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to 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).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Interests

  • Interest code: IRS
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Context

  • Exposed to Radiation - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 91% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Telephone - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 67% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 80% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 71% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 57% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 60% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Consequence of Error - 62% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 56% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 53% responded “Very important results.”
  • Time Pressure - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 40% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Level of Competition - 36% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 31% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 31% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 29% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 34% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 42% responded “More than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
63%Associate's degree
22%Bachelor's degree
6%Post-baccalaureate certificate

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $36.38 hourly, $75,660 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 20,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,300

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