Radiation Science


Radiation science is, as it sounds, the science, engineering and technology behind ionizing (and sometimes non-ionizing) radiation. Radiation science deals with the applications and safety surrounding the use of ionizing (like x-ray) and non ionizing (like microwave) radiation. Radiation science covers many different fields of study.  Radiation scientists in the past have come from engineering (nuclear, mechanical, chemical and electrical), science (physics and chemistry), mathematics and computer science.

One question you may have is "What is the difference between a nuclear engineer and a radiation scientist?  The fundamental difference is that an engineer is typically involved in design, whereas a scientist tends to be more involved in analysis.  Of course, this is a simplistic view of the matter. Nuclear engineering at UOIT is more oriented towards the nuclear power sector, whereas radiation science has more orientation towards government, industry and health sectors. 

There are a great number of job classifications available to the radiation scientist.  some of the possibilities are:

                • Health Physics (Public and Worker Safety)
                • Medical Physics (Radiation Therapy)
                • Security & Counter-Terrorism
                • Nuclear Reactor Shielding & Computations
                • Environmental Monitoring
                • Non-Destructive Evaluation
                • Industrial & Food Irradiation
                • Decommissioning & Compliance
                • Waste Operations and Transportation