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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Job Outlook

The job outlook for nuclear medicine technologists is fair. Employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to increase by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This is a small occupation, so the growth will result in only about 4,100 new jobs over the 10-year period

Nuclear medicine technologists work mostly with adult patients, although some procedures may be performed on children. As the baby boomer generation ages the elderly population will expand, which should lead to greater need to diagnose and treat medical conditions that require nuclear medical imaging, such as heart disease. Nuclear medicine technologists will be needed to administer radioactive drugs and maintain the imaging equipment required for diagnosis.

Overall employment growth is expected to be driven by rapidly growing industries, including physicians' offices and diagnostic laboratories, which employed about 31 percent of nuclear medicine technologists in 2010

Nuclear medicine technologists can improve their job opportunities by getting a specialty certification. A technologist can earn a certification in positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology (NCT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT). The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) offers NCT and PET certification exams. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers the CT and MRI certification exams

Source: U.S. Department of Labor


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by Projected Job Growth from 2010 to 2020
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44% - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
39% - Physical Therapists
38% - Dental Hygienists
37% - Audiologists
37% - Counselors
36% - Medical Scientists
36% - Veterinarians
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29% - Cardiovascular Technologists
29% - Opticians
28% - Chiropractors
28% - Radiologic Technologists
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26% - Registered Nurses
25% - Pharmacists
25% - Social Workers
24% - Physicians and Surgeons
23% - Speech Language Pathologists
22% - Health Services Management
22% - Licensed Practical Nurses
22% - Psychologists
21% - Dentists
21% - Health Information Technicians
20% - Dietitians
20% - Podiatrists
19% - Nuclear Medicine Technologists
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17% - Recreational Therapists
11% - Clinical Laboratory Technicians
9% - Occupational Safety Specialists
6% - Medical Transcriptionists
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