An individual, involved in the protection of environment and humans against the hazardous effects of radiation and radioactive materials, is called a radiation protectionist.
Radiation protection officers (RPO's) carry out the monitoring of radiation protection and control programs for the public, workers and environment. Radiation protection specialists (RPS's) assess the impact of radiation on the environment, also plans and implement the radiation protection monitoring and control programs. New technologies, for radioactive waste management problems and radiation protection, have developed with the help of research. Nowadays, industries widely use ionizing radiation, which creates a significant health hazard. This may lead to microscopic damage to living tissue, causing skin burns and radiation sickness. The field of radiation protection can be divided into three categories. First is occupational radiation protection, which deals with the protection of the workers. Second is, medical radiation protection, which deals with the protection of the patients. Last is, public radiation protection, which is for the protection of public.
To become a radiation protectionist one must have interest in nuclear technology or other applications of radiations. Moreover, a three-year B.Sc. degree with physics, as a major subject is the basic qualification for radiation protectionist. Possessing a higher degree will help you get certified as a radiation protection specialist.
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