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Medical physicist

Medical physicists are specialists in healthcare science, also known as clinical science.

Potential salary

£31,365 to £51,668

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • analytical thinking skills
  • maths knowledge
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • science skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this role, you could:

  • develop and test new systems to help investigate patients' conditions
  • monitor equipment to make sure it’s accurate, safe and well-maintained
  • train hospital staff
  • plan treatment programmes and explain procedures to patients
  • carry out procedures and analysing test results
  • use computer simulations and mathematical modelling in research and development work

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a laboratory or in an NHS or private hospital.

You could go on to lead a department, work in higher education, research, or in the medical equipment manufacturing industry.

You can find out more about careers and training in medical physics through Health Careers and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

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