The Job Profile, Responsibilities and Description of a Medical Physicist
Medical physicists use a variety of analytical, computer-aided and bioengineering techniques in their work such as radiotherapy, x-ray imaging, ultrasound, tomography, radiology, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and lasers.
They work with patients and with a wide range of medical, technical and administrative staff.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
- researching, developing and evaluating new analytical techniques
- planning and ensuring safe and accurate treatment of patients
- creating new systems to investigate medical conditions in patients
- providing advice about radiation protection
- training and updating healthcare, scientific and technical staff
- managing radiotherapy quality assurance programmes
- mathematical modelling
- maintaining equipment
- writing reports
- laboratory management
Typical employers of medical physicists
- Research organisations
- Diagnostic or medical instrumentation manufacturers
Qualifications and training required
To become a medical physicist a good degree in physics, applied science, computation, mathematics or engineering is necessary. Research work, hospital laboratory placements and/or relevant experience gained using similar scientific and analytical techniques can also be useful.
Professional training on the job is normally provided for successful candidates. Membership of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine may be beneficial.
Key skills for medical physicists
- A logical and inquisitive mind
- Excellent IT skills
- Analytical skills
- Good team working abilities
- Research skills
- Strong written and verbal communication