Medical Physicist
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

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.

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    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.
  • Entry requirements

    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).
  • Secondary education

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

    Personal requirements

    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.
  • Physical requirements

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

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