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Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Health Science

Service Branches

Work Environment

Nuclear medicine physicians work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $139,429

Overview

Nuclear medicine physicians plan, conduct, interpret, and direct nuclear medical examinations and therapy, including systemic administration of ionizing radiation, patient care, and activities concerned with the medical aspects of nuclear energy and bionucleonics. They train and supervise technicians in the use and care of equipment and radioactive materials, and in the protection against radiation hazards.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming officer, here.

Job training for nuclear medicine physicians primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Desire to help others
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Curiosity
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

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