Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to 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.
Common job titles of Radiation Therapists include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
50.14% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
37.54% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Maintain records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.
Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
Educate, prepare, and reassure patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions or post-treatment care.
Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
Photograph treated area of patient and process film.
Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
Schedule patients for treatment times.
Check for side effects, such as skin irritation, nausea, or hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
Prepare or construct equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, or protection devices.
Train or supervise student or subordinate radiotherapy technologists.
Enter data into computer and set controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.
Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
Act as liaison with physicist and supportive care personnel.
Help physicians, radiation oncologists, or clinical physicists to prepare physical or technical aspects of radiation treatment plans, using information about patient condition and anatomy.
Provide assistance to other healthcare personnel during dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
Calculate actual treatment dosages delivered during each session.
Implement appropriate follow-up care plans.
Store, sterilize, or prepare the special applicators containing the radioactive substance implanted by the physician.
Assist in the preparation of sealed radioactive materials, such as cobalt, radium, cesium, or isotopes, for use in radiation treatments.
X ray or fluoroscopy treatment planning simulators
Wireless patient dosimeters
Ultrasound imaging scanners
Treatment verification equipmentAll Tools
Treatment room intercoms
Solid state diode detectors
Radiation therapy beam directing wedges
Radiation shielding lead aprons
Radiation protection eyewear
Protective medical gloves
Position verification lasers
Personal radiation monitors
Patient treatment area casts
Patient positioning straps
Patient positioning neck rests
Patient positioning headrests
Patient positioning devices
Optical distance indicators
Multi-monitor dosimetry systems
Multi-leaf radiation therapy collimators
Medical x ray image intensifiers
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT two dimensional units
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT three dimensional units
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators
Medical imaging fluoroscopes
Medical diagnostic x ray equipment
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems
Linear accelerator compensation filters
Lead alloy shielding blocks
Laboratory water baths
Immobilizing bite blocks
Dual diode dosimeter patient dose monitors
Daylight medical film processing equipment
Computerized block cutting equipment
Computed tomography CT scanners
Computed tomography CT radiation therapy planning simulators
Cobalt radiation therapy machines
Beam direction shells
Automated external defibrillators AED
Area radiation monitors
35 millimeter cameras
Beam analysis software
Dose unit calculation software
Electronic medical record EMR software
Image processing software
Lifeline Software RadCalc
Nucletron planning systems
Procedure scheduling softwareAll Technologies
Radiation dose calculation software
Radiation therapy equipment software
Sun Nuclear MapCHECK
Treatment planning software
Virtual simulation software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Teaching others how to do something.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.