Career Opportunities

Career Overview

Board certified graduates of the Baptist College Radiation Therapy program are prepared for a career treating patients with cancer through the administration of therapeutic radiation.

 

Duties

Radiation therapists routinely perform the following:

  • Administer daily delivery of therapeutic radiation according to the radiation oncologist’s prescription specific to each patient
  • Act as an integral member of the healthcare team within the radiation oncology department
  • Communicate vital treatment information to the patient
  • Consistently assess patients for response to treatment
  • Maintain detailed records of treatment
  • Perform quality control measures relating to treatment plans and equipment
  • Verify exact treatment location by utilizing sophisticated imaging techniques

 

Work Environment

In 2012 radiation therapists held about 19,000 jobs. Most therapists work in hospitals, physician offices, and outpatient cancer treatment centers. Radiation therapists are on their feet much of the day and may need to lift disabled patients. Because they work with ionizing radiation and radioactive materials, radiation therapists must work to ensure safe practices for both patients and personnel.

 

Advancement

Experienced radiation therapists may advance to management positions within the radiation therapy department or hospital. Other advancement opportunities include teaching, technical sales, research, and dosimetry. Dosimetrists are responsible for planning radiation therapy treatments along with the radiation oncologist.

 

Pay

In May 2012, the median annual wage for radiation therapists was approximately $78,000. The lowest 10% earned less than $52,000, and the top 10% earned more than $113,500.

 

Job Outlook

Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 24% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because it is a small share of the job market, growth in radiation therapy will result in about 4,500 new jobs over the 10-year period.

 

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