Nuclear medicine technologists are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, nuclear medicine technologists rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 10% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy nuclear medicine technologists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Medical administrative assistant
2.8
$37k
Neurodiagnostic technologist
2.8
$46k
Clinical nurse specialist
2.8
$78k
Medical billing & coding technician
2.7
$40k
Registered nurse
2.7
$78k
Nuclear medicine technologist
2.7
$79k
Pharmacist
2.7
$129k
Histotechnologist
2.6
$61k
Cytogenetic technologist
2.6
$61k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are nuclear medicine technologists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do nuclear medicine technologists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as nuclear medicine technologists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are nuclear medicine technologist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are nuclear medicine technologists making the best use of their abilities?

Are nuclear medicine technologists happy with their salary?

Nuclear medicine technologists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. The majority of nuclear medicine technologists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked nuclear medicine technologists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

20 nuclear medicine technologists

5 Star
15%

15% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
40%

40% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their compensation 2 stars

Do nuclear medicine technologists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, nuclear medicine technologists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.6/5. While most nuclear medicine technologists aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked nuclear medicine technologists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

21 nuclear medicine technologists

5 Star
10%

10% of nuclear medicine technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
14%

14% of nuclear medicine technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
33%

33% of nuclear medicine technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of nuclear medicine technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of nuclear medicine technologists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as nuclear medicine technologists?

Nuclear medicine technologists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.5/5. The majority of nuclear medicine technologists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked nuclear medicine technologists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

21 nuclear medicine technologists

5 Star
19%

19% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
33%

33% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a nuclear medicine technologist’s work environment?

As a whole, nuclear medicine technologists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.0/5. Some nuclear medicine technologists are happy with their work environment, but it does not seem to be a meaningful contributer to career satisfaction for most.

We asked nuclear medicine technologists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

21 nuclear medicine technologists

5 Star
10%

10% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
38%

38% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their work environment 2 stars

Are nuclear medicine technologists making the best use of their abilities?

Former nuclear medicine technologists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.0/5. Nuclear medicine technologists tend to feel that they don’t manage to use their abilities to their fullest, when compared to other careers.

We asked nuclear medicine technologists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

21 nuclear medicine technologists

5 Star
10%

10% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
14%

14% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
48%

48% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of nuclear medicine technologists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars