Nuclear Medicine Technologists
Nuclear Medicine Technologists perform or assist in performing diagnostic examinations using radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals, and administer radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals for therapeutic purposes under the direction of Specialist Medical Practitioners.
Receives referrals to perform medical imaging and radiation treatment.
Determines equipment and selects settings to provide the information requested by medical practitioners.
Calculates details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation, size and strength of dosage of isotopes and settings of recording equipment.
Explains procedures to patients and answers queries about processes.
Ensures patient's welfare during procedures.
Positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures.
Decides if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and selects images to show medical practitioners.
Conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Medical Imaging Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 76% of people employed as Nuclear Medicine Technologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 10 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Nuclear Medicine Technologists work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Nuclear Medicine Technologists||All Jobs Average|
Around 71% of Nuclear Medicine Technologists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Nuclear Medicine Technologists is 34 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 68% of the workforce. This is 20 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Nuclear Medicine Technologists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||0.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in nuclear medicine is needed to work as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.
Registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Nuclear Medicine Technologists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||13.2||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Talking to others.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Teaching people how to do something.
46%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Looking for ways to help people.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
45%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Using maths to solve problems.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
41%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
39%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
79%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
59%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
55%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
51%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
46%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
37%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
33%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
32%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
29%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
26%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
26%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
43%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
43%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
77%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
74%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
71%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
66%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
65%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
65%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
65%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
61%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
61%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
61%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
60%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
59%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
57%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
56%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
56%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
55%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
54%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
47%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
46%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Be exposed to radiation.
97%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Talk on the telephone.
94%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
93%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
93%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Talk with people face-to-face.
89%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
89%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
88%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
88%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Work with people in a group or team.
87%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
85%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work to strict deadlines.
Use electronic mail.
79%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
78%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
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