University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT)

Nuclear medicine technologists prepare and administer radioactive substances using a variety of equipment to perform diagnostic tests on patients.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Nuclear medicine technologists work in hospitals, physician’s offices and clinics. They are trained to perform diagnostic studies on patients under the supervision of a physician. Nuclear medicine technologists work with imaging equipment such as gamma cameras and are skilled in using radioactive substances in the human body to obtain pictures of organs, tissues, and other areas. They keep records and reports of studies and procedures. They interact with patients and physicians on a regular basis. Nuclear medicine technologists usually work 40 hours a week and may need to work evenings or weekends.

 Education: 1-4 years

 Patient Interaction: Medium

 Physical Activity: Medium

 Salary: $72,824

 Job Growth: Low

Getting Started

  • High School Courses

    High school students should study mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for entry into a program. Formal training is offered through hospitals, colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools. Students can enroll in programs that last from 1 to 4 years, and receive either a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. Individuals with prior experience in the health field such as Medical Technologists or Radiologic Technologists, may enroll in the 1-year programs. Course work in a nuclear medicine technology program covers anatomy, physiology, radiation exposure and protection, procedures, radiopharmaceutical use, and imaging techniques. Upon completion of an accredited program, graduates must pass an examination and meet other requirements before becoming registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. 

  • Education and Training
  • Professional Organizations

    American Board of Nuclear Medicine
    4555 Forest Park Boulevard, Suite 119
    St. Louis, MO, 63108-2173
    314/367-2225
    www.abnm.org/

    American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
    1255 Northland Dr.
    St. Paul, MN, 55120-1155
    651/687-0048
    www.arrt.org

    American Society for Radiation Oncology
    8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Dr., Suite 500
    Fairfax, VA, 22031
    703/502-1550 or 800/962-7876
    www.astro.org

    American Society of Radiologic Technologists
    15000 Central Ave. SE
    Albuquerque, NM, 87123-3909
    505/298-4500 or 800/444-2778
    www.asrt.org

    Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
    2000 W. Danforth Rd., Suite 130, #203
    Edmond , OK, 73003
    405/285-0546
    jrcnmt.org/

    Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board
    3558 Habersham
    Northlake, Building I
    Tucker, GA, 30084-4009
    404/315-1739 or 800/659-3953
    www.nmtcb.org

    Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
    1850 Samuel Morse Dr.
    Reston, VA, 20190
    703/708-9000
    www.snm.org

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 320
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 20,700
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 21,000
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 2%
Expected Annual Openings: 420
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $72,824

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