Health physicists are employed by federal agencies (such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy) at administrative, research, production, and testing facilities; state and local government agencies responsible for regulating the use of radiation sources and radioactive materials; the military and other uniformed services; electric utilities operating nuclear power plants and related industries; universities and national laboratories; hospitals and medical centers that use radionuclides, x-ray equipment, and accelerators in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; industries which use radioisotopes 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; and consulting firms which advise organizations that do not employ full-time health physicists.
Scholarships for students in the Radiological Sciences Program are available from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the Health Physics Society, the American Nuclear Society, and other organizations concerned with advancing education in Health Physics. These scholarships are competitive and most have minimum GPA requirements. In addition, all undergraduate students in the Radiological Health Physics option who have completed the required sophomore year courses in good standing currently receive a one-time scholarship of $500 from the Radiological Sciences Program. This scholarship is intended to help attract highly qualified men and women into the much needed field of radiation protection.
Students may gain valuable work experience while also earning credit through various internship opportunities, including an internship course supervised by the university’s Director of Radiation Safety. The Director of Radiation Safety has responsibility for all aspects of radiation safety and laser safety throughout the university, including the research reactor, particle accelerator, research laboratories, and x-ray machines.
The combination of academics and work experience in this program provide excellent preparation for either a position in health physics or the pursuit of a graduate degree in radiological sciences or a related discipline. Graduates of the Radiological Sciences Program at all degree levels typically are offered a well-paying job upon graduation or soon after.