Careers in Medical Physics

Some of our graduates have gone on for an M.S. in Medical Physics (Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech, the University of Cincinnati, and East Carolina State University). The job market for medical physicists is quite strong.

Medical physics and health physics are similar, since practitioners rely on the same fundamental science. Health physicists focus on protecting human health from radiation. Medical physicists use radiation to diagnose and treat disease.

Medical physicists work in nuclear medicine, radiation treatment of cancer, computerized tomography, and imaging by X-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.

A shortage of trained medical physicists exists in the U.S. We need 250-300 new medical physicists per year, but only about 50-60 are being produced by the current training programs.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine conducts an annual survey of salaries. In 2005, they found the average salary is $110,000 without board certification and $150,200 with board certification.

For more information about medical physics, please see the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.