Radiation therapists treat patients with cancer and other diseases by administering radiation therapy. They are trained to operate machines called linear accelerators, which direct high-energy X-rays at specific cells to shrink or eradicate them.
Radiation therapists have a number of job duties:
Explain treatment to patients and answer questions.
Follow safety procedures to protect patients and themselves from overexposure.
Examine machines to make sure they are safe and working properly.
X-ray patients to determine the exact location of the area requiring treatment.
Operate the machine to treat patients with radiation.
Monitor patients’ reactions to check for unusual responses to radiation.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and associate degree
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing much faster than average (14 percent projected growth)*