Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician
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Overview
Radiation protection/health physics technician is a program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of health physicists, occupational safety and health specialists, and public health officials, to monitor and control radiation exposure and implement preventive measures in health care, work, and natural environments. includes instruction in radiation physics, environmental radioactivity, radiological instrumentation, electronics of radiation detection equipment, radioactive waste management and control, safety and handling procedures, decontamination procedures, radioactivity testing and analysis, and communications skills.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($138K) with a Associate's Degree: Moreno Valley College
Career with the highest median salary ($84K) associated with this program: Environmental Science, Nuclear, and Geoscience Technicians
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Careers for program graduates
Radiation protection/health physics technician majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Medical and Clinical Laborator...Radiologic Technologists and T...Medical and Health Services Ma...Diagnostic Medical Sonographer...PhysiciansRegistered NursesSpecialized Life ScientistsRespiratory TherapistsSpecialized Physical Scientist...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersElementary and Middle School S...Magnetic Resonance Imaging Tec...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0204060800-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's Degree
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Completions over time
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in radiation protection/health physics technician doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field allied health diagnostic, intervention, and treatment professions, which includes radiation protection/health physics technician.
Median starting salaries
$39K$45K$48K$104K$0$50K$100K$150KMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
Median cumulative loan amount
$11K$16K$25K$105K$0$50K$100K$150KMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate'sCertificate
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How does the median (middle) salary for medical technologies technicians majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
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Distribution: medical technologies technicians majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inmedical technologies technicians by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$63K$78K$78K$91K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in medical technologies technicians
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in medical technologies technicians. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 25% of medical technologies technicians majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of medical technologies technicians majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
23%44%23%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in medical technologies technicians
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Medical Technologies Technicians (which combines 21 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  2. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
  3. Medical and Health Services Managers
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  5. Physicians
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Specialized Life Scientists
  8. Respiratory Therapists
  9. Specialized Physical Scientists
  10. Specialized Managers
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Careers for medical technologies technicians majors
Where do medical technologies technicians majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in medical technologies technicians
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by medical technologies technicians graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Medical and Clinical...Radiologic Technolog...Medical and Health S...Diagnostic Medical S...PhysiciansRegistered NursesSpecialized Life Sci...Respiratory Therapis...Specialized Physical...Specialized ManagersAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire medical technologies technicians majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire medical technologies technicians majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by medical technologies technicians majors.
Medical Technologies Tech...All other degreesMedical and Clinical Labo...Radiation TherapistsNuclear medicine technolo...Specialized Life Scientis...Medical and Health Servic...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer radiation protection/health physics technician degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for medical technologies technicians majors
medical technologies technicians is part of a larger collection of programs: Healthcare Technologists and Aids. Is there a different program that's close to medical technologies technicians that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in radiation protection/health physics technician earned in the last academic year, 41% were women.
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
69%31%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 65% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$64K$72K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For medical technologies technicians graduates, men have a 13% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 76% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all radiation protection/health physics technician graduates from this last academic year.
Race/Origin
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Asian
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Multiracial
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American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 88% of other programs.