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Nuclear Medicine Technicians

Health Science

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Work Environment

Nuclear medicine technicians work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations they may work in mobile field hospitals. They follow strict safety procedures to minimize exposure to radiation.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $41,853 - $251,423


Nuclear medicine technicians in the Military administer radioactive isotope via injection, inhalation, and oral administration to create images of organs and organ systems, study body functions and flow, analyze biological specimens, and treat disease. They operate and maintain Gamma camera imaging equipment, devices, and probes.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Nuclear medicine technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Operation of diagnostic imaging equipment
  • Radioactive isotope therapy
  • Image processing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Patient care in radiology
  • Medical ethics and law
  • Principles of radiation protection
  • Field radiography

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
  • Interest in activities requiring accuracy and attention to detail
  • Interest in helping others
  • Interest in working in a medical environment
  • Listening and communication skills

Related Civilian Careers

  • Medical Assistants