Employment & Scholarship Opportunities
Health physicists are employed by:
- Federal Agencies (such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy) at research, production, and testing facilities.
- State and Local Government Agencies responsible for regulating the use of radiation sources and radioactive materials.
- The Armed Services.
- Electric Utilities operating nuclear power plants.
- Industries which use radionuclides or x-ray equipment to detect flaws or defects in manufactured products, prepare or reprocess nuclear fuels, control nuclear wastes, or produce or use radioactive materials or devices.
- Universities (in teaching, research, and radiation protection).
- Hospitals and Medical Centers that use radionuclides, x-ray equipment, and accelerators in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
- Consulting Firms which advise the organizations that do not employ full-time health physicists.
Scholarships are available for undergraduate physics students who choose the Radiological Health Physics Option. These are available from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Health Physics Society (HPS), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT), and other organizations concerned with radiation protection. All students in the Radiological Health Physics Option who have completed the required sophomore year courses currently receive a $500 Radiological Sciences scholarship from MGP Instrument Corporation. These scholarships have been sponsored to attract highly qualified young men and women into the much needed field of radiological health physics.
Students may gain valuable applied work experience while also earning credit and money through various summer internship programs. They also may gain experience and academic credit through an internship course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Radiation Laboratory. This course is conducted under the direction of the health physics staff who have responsibility for the radiation safety programs at the nuclear reactor facility; accelerator facility, radioisotope research laboratories and x-ray facilities at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
The combination of academics and work experience in this program provide excellent preparation for either an applied health physics position or the pursuit of an advanced degree in radiation protection or related fields. The University of Massachusetts Lowell receives research and scholarship support from government and industry. Radiological Health Physics graduates at all degree levels are receiving many high salaried jobs.