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Health Physicist

Industry: Energy
Area: Nuclear

Health Physicists provide for the protection of plant workers and the general public from radiation. Health physicists ensure that plant radiation practices conform to federal regulations, and they write radiation protection procedures, safety standards and emergency plans. They select and maintain radiation and contamination detection equipment. In case of a radiation accident, they would assess its environmental impact and prepare protective action recommendations.

Work Settings

A nuclear power plant is not all that different from coal, oil, or gas fired plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), part of our government, licenses the use of nuclear material and inspects users to make sure they follow the rules for safety.


Health Physicists need a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in Health Physics which are now offered in several American universities.

Job Outlook

Health Physicists are expected to have employment growth about as fast as the average for all occupations though 2014. 


The average salary for Health Physicist is $91,000 and the median salary is $91,000. The entry level salary can be as low as $31,000. Wages for experienced Health Physicists can reach $171,000.

Work Schedule

Most employees work a standard 40-hour week. At times, deadlines or design standards may bring extra pressure to a job, requiring engineers to work longer hours.

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