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

Radiation Therapist

Jump to:

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.

.

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.

.

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. 

.

Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
10.27.2017
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...
10.31.2017
Precisely deliver prescribed radiation therapy according to treatment plan and properly simulate patients utilizing positioning techniques and devices for both patient comfort and reproducibility. Computer skills are essential. PRN - Oncology...
11.17.2017
Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Radiation Therapist, under the medical direction of the Radiation Oncologist and in consultation with the Physicist,...
10.16.2017
The Staff Radiation Therapist is a registered radiation therapist - RT (T). The therapist provides care to cancer patients by administering radiation treatments which includes precise set-up, operation of equipment, dose calculations, chart and...
11.13.2017
The Staff Radiation Therapist is a registered radiation therapist - RT (T). The therapist provides care to cancer patients by administering radiation treatments which includes precise set-up, operation of equipment, dose calculations, chart and...
11.17.2017
JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: Provides radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by physician according to established standards and practices. Keeps treatment records and prepares operational reports as required. Performs job for the age...
11.17.2017
- Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology (044507) Job Description Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 044507) Description Primary Purpose: Delivers radiation treatments according...
09.27.2017
Description Role Purpose: Under supervision, operate various ionizingradiation-producing equipment in the administration of treatments and promotean atmosphere conducive to maximum physical comfort and psychological supportfor patients...
10.26.2017
Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
09.15.2017
Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
11.08.2017
Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
11.15.2017
Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
01.03.2017
Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, and policies and procedures the Radiation Therapist performs therapy procedures. Having documented competency and with the direction and delegation of a radiation oncologist, may...
11.17.2017
- Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology (043794) Job Description Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 043794) Description Primary Purpose: Delivers radiation treatments...
11.17.2017
- Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology (043795) Job Description Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 043795) Description Primary Purpose: Delivers radiation treatments...
  1. Radiation Therapist OLYMPIA, WA Capital Medical Center
    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...
  2. RADIATION THERAPIST Batesville, IN Margaret Mary Health
    Precisely deliver prescribed radiation therapy according to treatment plan and properly simulate patients utilizing positioning techniques and devices for both patient comfort and reproducibility. Computer skills are essential. PRN - Oncology...
  3. Radiation Therapist-Radiation Oncol Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Radiation Therapist, under the medical direction of the Radiation Oncologist and in consultation with the Physicist,...
  4. RADIATION THERAPIST-REGISTERED Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    The Staff Radiation Therapist is a registered radiation therapist - RT (T). The therapist provides care to cancer patients by administering radiation treatments which includes precise set-up, operation of equipment, dose calculations, chart and...
  5. RADIATION THERAPIST-REGISTERED - KENWOOD Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    The Staff Radiation Therapist is a registered radiation therapist - RT (T). The therapist provides care to cancer patients by administering radiation treatments which includes precise set-up, operation of equipment, dose calculations, chart and...
  6. Radiation Therapist, Relief - Radiation Oncology Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: Provides radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by physician according to established standards and practices. Keeps treatment records and prepares operational reports as required. Performs job for the age...
  7. Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology Cincinnati, OH University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    - Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology (044507) Job Description Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 044507) Description Primary Purpose: Delivers radiation treatments according...
  8. Radiation Therapist Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
    Description Role Purpose: Under supervision, operate various ionizingradiation-producing equipment in the administration of treatments and promotean atmosphere conducive to maximum physical comfort and psychological supportfor patients...
  9. RADIATION THERAPIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health Services
    Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
  10. RADIATION THERAPIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health Services
    Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
  11. RADIATION THERAPIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health Services
    Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
  12. RADIATION THERAPIST Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health Services
    Responsible for localization of treatment areas and administration of radiation treatments to patients under the direction of the Radiation Oncologist. REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION Required: Preferred: Graduated from an accredited Radiation...
  13. PRN Radiation Therapist 1.8848.1403680.904 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
    Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, and policies and procedures the Radiation Therapist performs therapy procedures. Having documented competency and with the direction and delegation of a radiation oncologist, may...
  14. Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology Cincinnati, OH University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    - Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology (043794) Job Description Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 043794) Description Primary Purpose: Delivers radiation treatments...
  15. Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology Cincinnati, OH University of Cincinnati Medical Center
    - Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology (043795) Job Description Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 043795) Description Primary Purpose: Delivers radiation treatments...