Radiation Therapist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Radiation Therapist


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Job Description

 

Radiation therapists work in the field of oncology, where they treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments. 

Radiation therapists treat the cancer by administering doses of radiation to cancerous growths in patients. They deliver radiation in various forms and via various methods to help shrink the tumor.

A great thing about this career is that there is a lower educational requirement than other jobs in the medical field and the pay is still great. There are postgraduate certificates you can get to grow in the field and make more money.

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Responsibilities

 

Radiation therapists have a list of responsibilities. They are responsible for locating the tumor with imagining equipment, preparing radiation, and administering radiation.

They identify the location of the tumor using imaging equipment, such as a CT scanner. Then, radiation therapists use high tech machines, called linear accelerators, to administer beams of radiation directly to the patient's tumor.  

They deliver regular doses of radiation to patients during sessions that can last as long as 30 minutes. During the therapy, radiation therapists monitor patients and adjust treatment for any serious side effects. 

Other duties may include the following:

  • Reviewing prescription and diagnosis

  • Acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel

  • Preparing equipment

  • Maintaining records

  • Assisting in dosimetry procedures 

 

Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about patient's treatment plans and diagnoses. Must correspond with other medical professionals to ensure patient care.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to radiation treatments and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Empathy

Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves since they deal with people going through trying circumstances.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it.

Operation Monitoring

Must be able to monitor gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Coordination

Must work with other healthcare professionals to ensure patient care.

Equipment Maintenance

Must perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Working Conditions 

 

Most therapists work in hospitals, offices of physicians, and outpatient centers. They usually work full time and keep regular work schedules because all procedures are usually planned in advance.

Radiation therapists can be on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn disabled patients, so it can be physically taxing.

Radiation therapists must follow safety procedures to ensure they aren't exposed to harmful amounts of radiation.

Because they work with radiation and radioactive material, the threat of radiation exposure is present and should be taken into account.

Most of these procedures usually require that therapists stand in a different room while the patient undergoes radiation procedures. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
07.23.2019
Under the supervision of the Chief Radiation Therapist and Director of Imaging, the Radiation Therapist performs a variety of technical duties relating to patient treatments. The Therapist is responsible for performing machine warm-up and quality...
10.18.2019
The Registered Radiation Therapist position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana at Community Cancer Center North. Job Duties As an integral part of the health care team, the Registered Radiation Therapist performs direct patient care Will...
07.23.2019
The Radiation Therapist performs all aspects of the radiation treatment as prescribed in accordance with the Radiation Oncologist. Looking for an engeretic person that work in a fast pace environment that is task oriented, patient focused and...
09.19.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
10.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
10.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
10.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
10.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
10.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
10.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
10.07.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
10.18.2019
The Radiation Therapist Registered position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Job Duties As an integral part of the health care team, the Registered Radiation Therapist performs direct patient care Will administer ionizing radiation...
10.18.2019
The Registered Radiation Therapist Registered position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and will float between Community Cancer Center East and Community Cancer Center North. Job Duties As an integral part of the health care team, the...
10.18.2019
This is clinical work in the application of prescribed courses of radiation therapy. Work includes the monitoring and calibrating of machine functions, instruction of students, and shielding and positioning of patients as prescribed in the...
05.24.2019
Provides high quality and accurate delivery of radiation to patients, through the use of linear accelerators and simulators. The therapist will display the basic knowledge of dosimetry, computers, and other necessary equipment in Radiation...
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  2. Radiation Therapist Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  11. RADIATION THERAPIST Durham, NC Duke Health
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  12. Radiation Therapist Registered Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  14. Per Diem Radiation Therapist Portland, ME MaineHealth
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