RESTON, Va. -- The future looks bright for nuclear medicine technologists. Technologists enjoy their jobs, find their salaries near the top of the scale for professions with similar educational requirements, are well educated and remain poised for continuing growth and change. These facts are gleaned from a recent survey sponsored by SNMTS, a scientific organization that promotes continued development and improvement of the art and science of molecular imaging, nuclear medicine and technology.
"The study, 'Nuclear Medicine Technologists in the United States: Findings From a 2005 Survey,' provides the most comprehensive picture of nuclear medicine technologists ever developed and contains information about demographic characteristics, education, employment, career paths and attitudes about the profession," explained SNMTS President D. Scott Holbrook. "By conducting this survey, SNMTS can learn more about the thoughts, opinions and challenges of technologists so its leaders can make more informed decisions and better meet current and future needs," he added. "With this information, we will be able to take the lead in determining how the nuclear medicine technologists of today may broaden their scope to become the imaging specialists or molecular imaging technologists of the future," said Holbrook, who represents nearly 8,000 nuclear medicine technologists who are employed in hospitals, universities, medical clinics and research centers across the United States and abroad.
"More than 2,200 nuclear medicine technologists (certified either by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and/or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) responded to a 60-question survey concerning multiple aspects of the profession," said Anthony Knight, who chaired the SNMTS Advisory Committee for the survey. In looking at the future, the findings note that 6 out of 10 (60.5 percent) technologists expect to remain in their current positions for the n
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Society of Nuclear Medicine