Health Physicist

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Health physicists investigate the way in which radiation affects living matter and biological systems. They provide advice and recommendations on both applications for use of radiation and safety standards and guidelines. The different areas in which a health physicist may specialise include:

  • Medical health: the use of radiation in disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Occupational health and safety: in any industry where nuclear power is used
  • Environmental health: researching the effects of radiation on the environment and animals
  • Government policy development (often combining the above mentioned specialisations

Health physicists require a diverse scientific knowledge; relevant areas include nuclear engineering, medical science and biophysics. Post-graduate specialisation is useful in this industry, particularly in research roles though in entry-level positions practical experience is also highly regarded.