Health physics is the field devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the benefits of the peaceful use of the atom. Degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level are offered by approximately thirty universities in the United States and Canada. The health physics curriculum includes radiation interaction and detection, dosimetry, radiation protection and standards, risk assessment, radiation emergency management, environmental monitoring and assessment, and nuclear waste management.
Health physicists must be detail-orientated, interested in protecting and helping others, and have had some science and mathematics. Because of the care these well-trained individuals take, nuclear workers know their health and safety is monitored, carefully measured, and strictly controlled.
As a health physicist, you may…
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