Department of Physics and Engineering

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Careers in Health Physics

Some of our graduates have obtained advanced degrees in Health Physics (Colorado State University). The need for health physicists is expected to grow across many employment sectors, including medical and power reactor health physics.

In 2007, the Certified Health Physicist survey showed an average salary of about $100,000.

Health physics and medical physics are similar, since practitioners rely on the same fundamental science. Medical physicists use radiation to diagnose and treat disease. Health physicists focus on safely using radiation.

Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including research, industry, education, environmental protection, and enforcement of government regulations.

At a nuclear power reactor, a health physicist may supervise as many as 80 technicians and radiochemists.

At a hospital, a health physicist may work in the radiology, nuclear medicine, or radiation therapy departments.

Health physicists are needed to ensure proper and safe working conditions for both patients and medical staff.

Environmental health physicists are engaged in protecting the public from unnecessary exposure to environmental radioactivity.

Radon gas is the most well-publicized of the natural radioactive hazards.

If you desire national recognition as a health physics professional, you may seek certification at the American Board of Health Physics.

For more information about Health Physics, contact the Health Physics Society.