The US Department of Labor predicts that employment of nuclear medicine technologists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014. Growth will arise from technological advancement, the development of new nuclear medicine treatments, and an increase in the number of middle-aged and older persons who are the primary recipients of diagnostic procedures.

Nuclear medicine will continue to be a field at the forefront of modern clinical medicine and technological development. The future has never been brighter thanks to—

  • The development of new radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes
  • Promising research and development of cancer-detecting and cancer-killing agents, such as genetically engineered antibodies
  • The expanding clinical use of exciting new technology know as Positron Emission Tomography (PET), which provides new and unique means of studying biochemistry and metabolism within living tissues
Career opportunities available to certified nuclear medicine technologists include: clinical patient care, administration, education, government and private research, and equipment applications and sales. Specialization areas include cardiac and PET.