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8 Summary of Supply and Demand for Nuclear and Radiochemistry Expertise
Pages 127-130

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From page 127...
... Thus, these estimates are, for the most part, based on a status quo in demand. The projected numbers account for anticipated growth in nuclear medicine, but not for any sizable increase in demand in other sectors -- as might be needed for a significant expansion of nuclear power or response to a large-scale radiologic release event on US soil.
From page 128...
... †Includes nuclear and radiochemistry expertise at nuclear power plants, nuclear vendors and sup port industry, and federal and state regulatory agencies.
From page 129...
... The future pool of Ph.D.s with nuclear and radiochemistry expertise is similarly difficult to estimate because of the lack of data on individuals earning doctorates in these fields and the degree to which other disciplines such as nuclear engineering, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry can serve as "substitute producers" of nuclear and radiochemistry expertise with on-the-job training in the respective application areas. The committee concludes that the current demand for nuclear and radiochemistry is barely being met by the supply -- and on an ad hoc basis at that.
From page 130...
... Considerable efforts are necessary to sustain the quantity and quality of nuclear and ra diochemistry degree programs to ensure an adequate supply of expertise to meet the projected demand. Based on these findings, the committee provides recommendations in Chapter 10 for action in three main areas: institutional (structural support and collaboration)

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