Some of our graduates have gone on
for an M.S. in Medical Physics (Vanderbilt, 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
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
For more information about medical physics, please see the
American Association of
Physicists in Medicine.