Nuclear medicine technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Nuclear medicine technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an Nuclear medicine technician earn

A Nuclear medicine technician earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Nuclear medicine technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.


What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.


Functions and activities of Nuclear medicine technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • advise patient;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • planning service;
  • advise the patient;
  • orient patient;
  • work with biosafety;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • plan care;
  • planner attendance;
  • guide patient;
  • care plan;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • planning attendance;
  • communicate;
  • plan attendance;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • planned attendance;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • planejar service;
  • planar attendance;
  • working with biosafety;
  • guide the patient;
  • work with biosafety;
  • process images and/or graphics;

  • Activities

    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • initialize equipment;
    • interview patient;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • log data;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • making molds and models;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • perform breast support;
    • identify exam;
    • get patient information;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • install equipment;
    • work as a team;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • complementary examination;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • report;
    • clear doubts;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • record performed exams;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • move portable equipment;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • work under pressure;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • check equipment;
    • handle contrast media;
    • organizing work team;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • educate technical staff;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • operate equipment;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • transmit security;
    • document exams;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • participate in area events;
    • develop new technologies;
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • empower technical staff;
    • edit images;
    • adjust equipment;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • organize work team;
    • provide advice;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • distribute tasks;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • make exam results available;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • select material for exam;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • request material replacement;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • wearing;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • perform searches;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;


    Sectors that hire Nuclear medicine technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights




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