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Medical Physicist

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Role Description

As a medical physicist you’ll research, develop, test and maintain specialist equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat various illnesses and health conditions. You’ll also help to protect patients and healthcare staff from hazards such as radiation.


Student Case Studies

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Trainees: £31,365.
Qualified: £38,890-£44,503.
Principal/consultant scientists: £45,753-£104,927.

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You'll usually work a 37.5-hour week, although weekend, evening or on-call work may be required.

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Promotion is based on merit and you may need geographic flexibility to make the most of available opportunities.

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Interest in healthcare and the functions of the human body
  • Analytical and investigative mind
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and use your initiative
  • Laboratory and management skills
  • Good IT skills, as most laboratories are highly computerized
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Problem solving and researching alternative solutions
  • A self-motivated and confident approach to work
  • Teamwork
  • The ability to lead and motivate others
  • Willingness to keep up to date with the latest scientific and medical research in medical physics.


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