Pay for medical physicists varies depending on experience.
Trainee medical physicists (registrars) usually earn between $55,000 and $73,000 a year.
Qualified medical physicists can earn between $89,000 and $103,000.
Senior medical physicists with extra clinical skills or management responsibilities can earn from $107,000 to $141,000.
Source : Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (APEX) and District Health Boards, 'Medical Physicists Collective Employment Agreement, 26 November 2015 to 31 August 2018', 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
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.
Skills and knowledge
Medical physicists need to have knowledge of :
physics as it applies to medicine
the use of radiation to treat cancer or diagnose disease
anatomy, physiology and radiation biology
medical technology and equipment.
Medical physicists :
usually work regular business hours, but may work longer hours if needed
work in hospitals or research departments in universities.
To become a medical physicist you need to have a relevant undergraduate degree, such as one of the following :
Bachelor of Science in Physics (Medical Physics and Imaging Technology)
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Engineering with a strong maths and physics component.
You then enter specialist training and work experience, involving :
a Masters of Science in Medical Physics
a five-year clinical Training, Education and Accreditation Programme (TEAP), done in conjunction with the Master's degree
accreditation with the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
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 need to be :
skilled at research, and at analysing and interpreting research results
accurate, with an eye for detail
good at communicating
good at solving problems
persistent and patient
able to work well independently and as part of a team.
Useful experience for medical physicists includes :
work as a laboratory technician
any scientific research work
work with medical equipment or electronics.
Medical physicists need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).