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Nuclear Medicine Technologists - 29-2033.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
  • Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities.
  • Gather medical information from patient histories.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment.
  • Monitor the handling of hazardous materials or medical wastes.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Process healthcare paperwork.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Diagnostic Imaging (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diagnostic Imaging Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chief Technologist, Nuclear Medicine
  • Medical Radiation Dosimetrist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist