Radiation Therapist

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Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by giving radiation treatments.Duties

Radiation therapists typically do the following:

  • Examine machines to make sure they are safe and work properly
  • Explain treatment plans to the patient and answer questions about treatment
  • Follow safety procedures to protect the patient and themselves from overexposure
  • X-ray the patient to determine the exact location of the area requiring treatment
  • Check the computer programs to make sure that they will give the correct dose of radiation to the correct area of the patient’s body
  • Operate the equipment to treat the patient with radiation
  • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to the treatment
  • Keep detailed records of treatment

Most radiation therapy uses machines called linear accelerators. These machines direct high-energy x rays at specific cancer cells in a patient’s body, shrinking or removing them.

Radiation therapists are part of the oncology team that treats patients with cancer. They often work with the following specialists:

  • Radiation oncologists, physicians who specialize in radiation therapy
  • Oncology nurses, nurses who specialize in patients with cancer
  • Radiation physicists, physicists who calibrate linear accelerators
  • Dosimetrists, workers who calculate the correct dose of radiation to use in the treatment
Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
69
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
75
Jobs Percentage Change: 
8.7%
Total Annual Openings: 
2
Growth Outlook: 
Less Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$32.13
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$41.41
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$46.05
Salary Range: 
$80,000+
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
Radiation Therapy Certification
Certification Requirements: 
To be certified you must: not have engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with the ARRT Rules of Ethics; successfully complete a radiation therapy education program, and pass the ARRT Radiation Therapy Examination.
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Integrated Team Member