Medical Physicist Kaiahup┼źngao Whakaora

Medical physicists help plan radiation treatment for patients, check and monitor radiation equipment, and develop new treatment techniques.

Medical physicists may do some or all of the following:

  • research and develop new equipment and techniques
  • ensure the safe use and correct operation of medical equipment
  • order medical equipment
  • monitor and test radiation equipment and dosage
  • work with a medical team to create treatment plans
  • contribute to the design of new medical facilities.

Physical Requirements

Medical physicists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for medical physicists includes:

  • work as a laboratory technician
  • engineering work
  • any scientific research work
  • work with medical equipment or electronics.

Personal Qualities

Medical physicists need to be:

  • skilled at research, and at analysing and interpreting research results
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • organised
  • good at communicating
  • good at solving problems
  • persistent and patient
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for medical physicists includes:

  • work as a laboratory technician
  • engineering work
  • any scientific research work
  • work with medical equipment or electronics.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is needed to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, digital technologies, maths, physics, and construction and mechanical technologies.

Medical Physicists can earn around $55K-$73K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Medical Physicist are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Medical physicists may progress to jobs in areas such as:

  • teaching or research in universities
  • making medical equipment
  • consulting on new equipment and technology to be used in hospitals.
Medical Physicist