Changing Health Physics Jobs Market Discussed at Meeting of U.S. Radiation Protection Professionals

NV5/Dade Moeller* certified health physicist Matt Moeller shared his insights on the changing radiation protection jobs market and offered solutions for maintaining jobs and encouraging a new generation of health physicists as an invited speaker at the 52nd annual meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). This year’s program focused on “Meeting the Needs of the Nation for Radiation Protection” and took place at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md., on April 11–12.

Moeller presented “The Business of Health Physics: Jobs in a Changing Market” on Tuesday, April 12. His was part of the meeting program’s third session, which focused on actions that current professionals need to take to ensure that U.S. radiation protection expertise needs will be met in the future. Moeller offered a unique perspective on this issue as NV5 employs more certified health physicists than any other private company in the United States.

Moeller earned his Master’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard University’s School of Public Health and his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Cornell University. He has more than 35 years of experience as a safety professional and serves on numerous corporate, charitable, and professional boards and committees, including for the Health Physics Society, Illinois Institute of Technology, United Way, and the Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Franklin County.

The focus of the meeting was a direct result of a Council-hosted workshop held in June 2013 to address the question, “Where are the radiation professionals?” The U.S. Government Accountability Office and several in the scientific community have raised concerns over the future supply of qualified radiation professionals as the nation’s “baby boomers” – who were born into the Atomic Age – reach retirement.

*Dade Moeller joined NV5 in May 2016.