A health physics career within the state or federal government can vary significantly in focus. You could become a regulator, a regulations developer, a homeland security expert, an emergency response expert, an inspector, or even an advisor to the President.
A health physicist plays a critical role in the portion of the government dedicated to public health and safety. Interactions are typically on a much more global scale than across an organization or two.
Requirements for Positions in a Government Setting1:
Because these positions are so varied and staff is needed at all levels (administration, inspection, standard setting, national laboratory researcher, etc.), the requirements vary. Generally, minimum qualifications would be a BS in health physics or a similar science with preference given to those with an MS and American Board of Health Physics certification.
Average Annual Salary2: $102,000
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of Homeland Security