Radiation Therapists 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.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Active Listening — 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.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Radiation Therapists requires an Associate’s degree or higher. Some post-secondary certifications are avaliable to enter into the field.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to administer cancer treatments.
- You like to operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- You like to position patients for treatment or examination.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
Chief Radiation Therapist (Chief RT), Computed Tomography Simulation Therapist (CT Simulation Therapist), Dosimetrist, Lead Radiation Therapist, Medical Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapist, Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT), Registered Radiation Therapist, Senior Radiation Therapist, Staff Radiation Therapist