Radiation Therapist

Radiation Therapist

Alt Names:  Radiotherapist, x-ray technician, Therapeutic Radiographer

Career Description

These professionals use high energy rays (x-rays) in order to treat cell abnormalities such as cancers and diseases.

Job Responsibilities

  • Take and review patients’ medical records prior to radiation therapy

  • Inform and explain treatment method to patients and their family members

  • Follow safety procedures prior, during, and post radiation therapy to ensure exposure only goes to areas needing radiation

  • Operate and sterilize radiation equipment

  • Monitor patient for abnormalities post treatment

Education & Training    

  • Must graduate from accredited radiation therapy program

  • Associate’s degree is required for entry level

License and/or Certification

  • Most states mandate it, but license requirements vary by state


2010 Median Pay: $74,980 per year [Source:BSL.Gov]

Valuable Skills & Qualities

This occupation is good for people who are:

  • Honest

  • Empathetic

  • Trustworthy

  • Organized

  • Dependable

Work Environment/Setting

Cancer treatment center, hospitals, clinics, outpatient center, laboratories

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