Radiation Therapists

General Information

Description

Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Outpatient Care Centers

Job Outlook

Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The incidence of cancer increases as people age, so an aging population may increase demand for radiation therapists. Continued advancements in the detection of cancer and the development of more sophisticated treatment techniques may also lead to greater demand for radiation therapy.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$82,330

State-by-state Salary

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$115,820
$51,280
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 50%
  • Bachelor's degree 37%
  • Post-secondary certificate 8%
  • Some college 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Education and Training
  • Medicine and Dentistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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