CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
 
Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and provide them with assistance during test procedures.
 
Produce a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.
 
Process cardiac function studies, using computer.
 
Dispose of radioactive materials and store radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.
 
Record and process results of procedures.
 
Prepare stock radiopharmaceuticals, adhering to safety standards that minimize radiation exposure to workers and patients.
 
Maintain and calibrate radioisotope and laboratory equipment.
 
Gather information on patients' illnesses and medical history to guide the choice of diagnostic procedures for therapy.
 
Measure glandular activity, blood volume, red cell survival, and radioactivity of patient, using scanners, Geiger counters, scintillometers, and other laboratory equipment.
 
Train and supervise student or subordinate nuclear medicine technologists.
 
Position radiation fields, radiation beams, and patient to allow for most effective treatment of patient's disease, using computer.
 
Add radioactive substances to biological specimens, such as blood, urine and feces, to determine therapeutic drug or hormone levels.
 
Develop treatment procedures for nuclear medicine treatment programs.
 
Administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation intravenously to detect or treat diseases, using radioisotope equipment, under direction of a physician.
 
Perform quality control checks on laboratory equipment and cameras.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
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 Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Gamma camera software Medical software
 
Medovation RadRunner Medical software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Radiopharmacy inventory databases Medical software
 
Automated blood pressure cuffs Electronic blood pressure units
 
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Automated multisample liquid scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
 
Automatic film developing equipment Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors
 
Beta vial shields Medical radiological shielding portable containers for radioactive materials
 
Blood drawing syringes Blood collection syringes
 
Computed tomography CT scanners Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital ratemeters Radiation detectors
 
Dose calibrators Medical radiation dosimeters
 
Dual channel spectrometer systems Spectrometers
 
Dual headed gamma cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Electrocardiography EKG units Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Finger film badges Medical radiation dosimeters
 
Gamma scintillation counters Gamma counters
 
Geiger-Mueller meters Radiation detectors
 
Infusion pumps Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Intramuscular hypodermic needles Hypodermic needles
 
Intravenous IV sets Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
 
Ion chamber survey meters Radiation detectors
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Large-field gamma cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Linear accelerator collimator equipment Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators
 
Medical gamma cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Medical image laser printers Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers
 
Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners Medical positron emission tomography PET units
 
Medical single photo emission computed tomography SPECT equipment Medical single photon emission computed tomography SPECT units
 
Metal laboratory tongs Laboratory tongs
 
Microhematocrit centrifuges Microcentrifuges
 
Mobile gamma cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Oxygen delivery regulators Flow sensors or regulators or components
 
Patient positioning blocks Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Peripheral intravenous catheters Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Positron emission tomography PET calibration phantoms Medical computed tomography CT or CAT quality assurance or calibration phantoms or devices
 
Pulse oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Radiation measurement phantoms Phantom dosimeters
 
Radiation monitoring film badges Medical radiation films or badges
 
Radiation protection eyewear Eye shields
 
Radiation shielding gloves Medical radiological shielding gloves
 
Radiation shielding lead aprons Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Radiation shielding lead vests Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Radiation survey meters Radiation detectors
 
Radiation uptake detectors Radiation detectors
 
Rotating gamma cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Scintillation crystal detectors Scintillation crystal assemblies
 
Single positron emission computed tomography SPECT calibration phantoms Medical computed tomography CT or CAT quality assurance or calibration phantoms or devices
 
Specimen collection containers Specimen collectors
 
Spectrometers Spectrometers
 
Strip chart recorders Chart recorders
 
Subcutaneous hypodermic needles Hypodermic needles
 
Surgical masks Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
 
Syringe shields Medical radiological shielding portable containers for radioactive materials
 
Thermoluminescent dosimeters Radiation detectors
 
Triple-head gamma cameras Medical gamma cameras for general use
 
Ultrasound bone density scanners Medical ultrasound bone densitometers
 
Well counters Liquid scintillation counters
 
Wipe test counters Radiation detectors
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT)
Isotope Technician
Isotope Technologist
Medical Radiation Dosimetrist
Nuclear Cardiology Technologist
Nuclear Medical Technologist
Nuclear Medicine Technician
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Radiation Safety Officer
Radioisotope Technician
Radioisotope Technologist
Radiologic Technologist
Radiological Technologist
Registered Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Staff Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Supervisor Nuclear Medicine
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Nuclear Medicine Technologists
 
 
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