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Career and Education Opportunities for Nuclear Medical Technologists in Mississippi

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and largest city is Jackson.

About 160 people are currently employed as nuclear medical technologists in Mississippi. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 20% to about 200 people employed. This is better than the national trend for nuclear medical technologists, which sees this job pool growing by about 16.3% over the next eight years. In general, nuclear medical technologists prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing a variety of radioisotope equipment.

Income for nuclear medical technologists is about $30 hourly or $63,620 per year on average in Mississippi. Nationally, their income is about $32 hourly or $66,660 per year. Earnings for nuclear medical technologists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Radiology in Mississippi and not quite as good as general Radiology category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: isotope technician, radiation safety officer, and nuclear medicine technologist.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Roughly 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

CITIES WITH Nuclear Medical Technologist OPPORTUNITIES IN Mississippi


JOB DESCRIPTION: Nuclear Medical Technologist

Nuclear Medical Technologist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, nuclear medical technologists prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing a variety of radioisotope equipment. They also prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists.

Every day, nuclear medical technologists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Mississippi include:

  • Dental Hygienist. Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
  • Medical Laboratory Technician. Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
  • Pharmacist. Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.
  • Radiation Therapist. Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
  • Radiological Technician. Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
  • Radiology Technologist. Take x-rays and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT) scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other modalities, such as computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Mississippi

Mississippi
Mississippi photo by Nathan Culpepper

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson. In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, the Manship House Museum, and the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition.