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Medical radiation physicists are highly specialized medical professionals who work alongside doctors in
the planning and delivery of various radiation treatments. They have dosimetrists working below them
who help to customize each treatment plan to ensure the most effective results for patients.



Medical radiation physicists are highly specialized medical professionals who work alongside doctors in
the planning and delivery of various radiation treatments. They have dosimetrists working below them
who help to customize each treatment plan to ensure the most effective results for patients. They are
responsible for creating and maintaining quality control programs and directing their teams in order to
administer the most successful treatment possible. They also monitor the equipment and take precise
measurements of the characteristics of radiation beams to test for safety. Do these challenging tasks
sound like the kinds of things you’d like to do in your professional life, alongside other medical specialists
and for the benefit of your patients? If so, keep reading to learn more.



Job Options for Medical Radiation Physicists

Depending on your level of education, skill or specialty, years of experience, personal career goals and
preferences, there are a number of job options you can choose from in this field. Your job will typically
include dosimetry, quality control, treatment planning and other important tasks, but your job environment
could be quite different, depending on where you work. There are medical radiation physicists working in
hospitals, cancer clinics, treatment centers, laboratories and many other settings. Some even work in
industrial/research institutions as Radiological Safety Officers.



Most of these jobs do require the completion of graduate-level education. If you complete a Bachelor of
Science in chemistry, life sciences, math or physics, you should then choose a master’s program in
radiation physics or medical physics. After that, you will need to sit for three exams administered by the
American Board of Radiology. You will then be qualified for a career, either in research or as a medical
radiation physicist in a hospital or oncology department. Additional education and training in radiological
physics, medical radioisotope techniques and/or radiation medicine may be necessary for jobs as safety
officers or any position at a nuclear medicine center, radio diagnostic center or radiotherapy center.

Salary and Benefits

The good news is that even though medical radiation physicists are required to complete a lot of
schooling and pass a lot of tests, it’s nothing compared to the requirements to become a doctor, and the
salary’s still in the six-figure range. Board-certified medical physicists earn between $140,000 and
$250,000 per year in the United States, depending on factors such as experience, geographic location
and employer. That definitely makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Browse RadiologyTechnicianSchoolsU.com and find complete information about top radiology schools in
US that are providing best radiology programs in various disciplines. Choose the best radiology school
and radiology program for you and start your career in the field of radiology.

				
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