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Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.   (O'Net 29-1069.05)

 
Reported job titles:   Assistant Professor of Radiology, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Radiology, Director of Nuclear Medicine, Medical Director, Nuclear Medicine Department, Medical Doctor, Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Medical Director, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Nuclear Medicine Specialist, Nuclear Physician, Physician, Professor of Radiology
 
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    Wages
    for Physicians and Surgeons, All Other which includes:
                          - Allergists and Immunologists
                          - Dermatologists
                          - Hospitalists
                          - Neurologists
                          - Nuclear Medicine Physicians
                          - Ophthalmologists
                          - Pathologists
                          - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
                          - Preventive Medicine Physicians
                          - Radiologists
                          - Sports Medicine Physicians
                          - Urologists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 27.72   $ 48.79   $100.00+   $100.00+   $100.00+   $ 98.64  
    Yearly $57,650   $101,480   $208,000+   $208,000+   $208,000+   $205,180  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 26.33   $ 30.89   $ 71.86   $100.00+   $100.00+   $ 82.79  
    Yearly $54,770   $64,250   $149,470   $208,000+   $208,000+   $172,210  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 96.50   $100.00+   $100.00+   $100.00+   $100.00+   $130.41  
    Yearly $200,720   $208,000+   $208,000+   $208,000+   $208,000+   $271,250  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 84.17   $ 99.14   $100.00+   $100.00+   $100.00+   $128.13  
    Yearly $175,070   $206,220   $208,000+   $208,000+   $208,000+   $266,500  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    + This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Physicians and Surgeons, All Other which includes:
                                  - Allergists and Immunologists
                                  - Dermatologists
                                  - Hospitalists
                                  - Neurologists
                                  - Nuclear Medicine Physicians
                                  - Ophthalmologists
                                  - Pathologists
                                  - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
                                  - Preventive Medicine Physicians
                                  - Radiologists
                                  - Sports Medicine Physicians
                                  - Urologists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 452 502 1.1% 17
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Physicians and Surgeons, All Other which includes:
                                - Allergists and Immunologists
                                - Dermatologists
                                - Hospitalists
                                - Neurologists
                                - Nuclear Medicine Physicians
                                - Ophthalmologists
                                - Pathologists
                                - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians
                                - Preventive Medicine Physicians
                                - Radiologists
                                - Sports Medicine Physicians
                                - Urologists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Ambulatory healthcare services 46.2%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 29.7%
    Federal government, all industries 10.0%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 8.3%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 3.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Prescribe radionuclides and dosages to be administered to individual patients.
     
  • Check and approve the quality of diagnostic images before patients are discharged.
     
  • Prepare comprehensive interpretive reports of findings.
     
  • Interpret imaging data and confer with other medical specialists to formulate diagnoses.
     
  • Determine appropriate tests or protocols based on patients' needs or conditions.
     
  • Compare nuclear medicine procedures with other types of procedures such as computed tomography, ultrasonography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography.
     
  • Consult with patients following radiation treatments to provide information and assess outcomes or to recommend further consultation or treatments as appropriate.
     
  • Review procedure requests and patients' medical histories to determine applicability of procedures and radioisotopes to be used.
     
  • Direct nuclear medicine technologists or technicians regarding desired dosages, techniques, positions, and projections.
     
  • Establish and enforce radiation protection standards for patients and staff.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Osteopath Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Osteopathic Physicians
    Physician / Surgeon Board of Medical Practice
    Vermont Department of Health
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Nuclear Medicine Physicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Diagnostic Radiologic Physics Residency Program. (NEW)
     
    • Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program.
     
    • Medical Nuclear Physics Residency Program. (NEW)
     
    • Nuclear Medicine Residency Program.
     
    • Nuclear Radiology Residency Program.
     
    • Pediatric Radiology Residency Program. (NEW)
     
    • Radiation Oncology Residency Program.
     
    • Radioisotopic Pathology Residency Program.
     
    • Therapeutic Radiologic Physics Residency Program. (NEW)
     
    • Vascular and Interventional Radiology Residency Program. (NEW)
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Health Care Careers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Nuclear Medicine Physicians 
     

     
     
     
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