Stay at the forefront of nuclear medicine Radiation Health

Whether administering a radiation protection program, extending expertise in diagnostic radiology, or assisting physicians/radiologists in therapy or treatment, the job of Navy Radiation Health Specialists is to ensure that, in all cases, radiation is used safely.

Sure, there are nuclear medicine opportunities in the civilian world. But nowhere else will you find such a powerful combination. A competitive salary along with financial assistance. Continuing education programs, along with unrivaled experience in the field and at home. No matter where you go, you’ll use state-of-the-art technology, in the real world, advance your skills and move beyond peers who remain in civilian life.

Job Description

As an Officer in the Medical Services Corps, you’ll serve as a health and safety expert responsible for all aspects of an occupational radiation protection program. Apply clinical medical physics expertise in diagnostic radiology, or ensure compliance with Navy, Department of Defense and federal regulations.

In this role, you will:

  • Plan, direct and administer radiation protection programs
  • Recommend appropriate radiation control measures
  • Act as the liaison between the Navy and other services and federal agencies
  • Assist physicians in disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Provide formal instruction and on-the-job training in radiation health programs

Specific Responsibilities

As a Radiation Health Specialist, you could also:

  • Serve as an instructor in a number of training programs for technicians, Radiation Health Officers, nurses, physicians and medical students
  • Serve on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, as well as at nuclear-capable shipyards and repair facilities, medical treatment facilities, and industrial and research facilities
  • Become eligible for leadership and management opportunities in medical and nonmedical programs throughout the Navy

Work Environment

As a Navy Health Care Specialist, you may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the globe, in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam, and Washington, D.C., to Washington state.

Serve on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier or at nuclear-capable shipyards and repair facilities, medical treatment facilities, and industrial and research facilities such as the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC).

You could also work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and San Diego, California. Or you could provide medical support to deployed troops aboard one of two dedicated hospital ships: the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy.

Or you could conduct research at any one of dozens of Navy hospitals, anywhere from Okinawa, Japan, to Naples, Italy, to Rota, Spain. Or at Navy medical clinics anywhere from London, England, to Kaneohe, Hawaii.

No matter where you serve, you’ll provide leadership and expertise to support your country, in support of the men and women who defend it, and the world at large.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with financial assistance and continuing education programs.

There's an alternative to spending years paying down the cost of your graduate education. If you're currently a practicing professional, you could potentially be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). Talk to a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.

Offers have many variables. To get information and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.


To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Radiation Health Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
    Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
  • Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry, engineering, physics, applied physics or mathematics. Applicants with degrees in biological sciences must have course work in physics through modern physics, and mathematics, at least through vector analysis
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Science degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Amiable and assertive personality
  • Advanced degree in health or medical physics or nuclear engineering
  • Prior employment or experience in clinical or industrial health physics, medical physics or radiation protection
  • Certification by the American Board of Health Physics or the American Board of Radiology


After the Navy

In the Navy, you’ll find unrivaled training and educational opportunities. Incomparable benefits and experience. Deeper pride and purpose. And superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off when you return to the civilian world.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.