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
05.18.2018
Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required prior to starting employment Certification/Licensure/Registration JOB SUMMARY The Radiation Therapist, under the medical direction of the Radiation Oncologist and in...
05.18.2018
Departments Cancer Care Center Work Hours PRN Categories Patient Direct Care Summary The Radiation Therapist monitors and treats the patient by prescription. They will work in collaboration with the other members of the Oncology team....
05.18.2018
PRN Radiation Therapist with Oklahoma Cyberknife Under the general supervision of the Radiation Oncologists and Radiation Physicist, the incumbent administers ionizing radiation treatments to cancer patients. Other responsibilities include...
05.18.2018
The Radiation Therapist applies ionizing radiation to the patient in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the Radiation Oncologist. Qualifications: EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS College Diploma Radiation Therapy CERTIFICATION...
05.01.2018
The Radiation Therapist administers the radiation throughout the treatment process and is a vital member of the radiation oncology team. Radiation therapists are the primary liaisons between patients and other members of the radiation oncology...
03.08.2018
Under the clinical direction of the Manager, Radiation Oncology, in addition to performing daily patient care and technical duties involved in radiation treatments, the chief therapist is responsible for facilitating operations, resolving...
05.18.2018
- 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...
05.18.2018
The Staff Radiation Therapist is responsible for providing radiation therapy to patients in accordance with the prescription and instructions of the Radiation Oncologist. Works collaboratively with other members of healthcare team.
05.16.2018
JOB SUMMARY Supervises Radiation Therapist personnel, controls equipment and supplies, assures quality control and safety of the Radiation Therapy Department. SUPERVISION A. SUPERVISED BY: Cancer Center Director B. SUPERVISES:...
04.25.2018
Explore the opportunity of joining a growing cancer care team in Montana. Sidney Health Center Cancer Care is recruiting a Full-Time Certified Radiation Therapist. Responsibilities include: following safety protocols to ensure machines are...
03.12.2018
Performs accurate simulation and/or delivery of prescribed ionizing therapeutic radiation under the direction of a radiation oncologist and adhering to radiation safety guidelines using a variety of complex techniques and equipment. Performs...
02.27.2018
Responsible for accurately administering photon and electron radiation and assising in brachytherapy procedures under the direction of the radiation oncologist, and in accordance with department policies. Performs simulations, constructs...
05.18.2018
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Registered as a Technologist (RT) and certified in Radiation Therapy (T) by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) required within 1 year of hire date. Bachelors degree in...
05.18.2018
Responsible for day-to-day supervision and operations in the Radiation Oncology Center's treatment area. Oversees and administers radiation therapy treatment, ensuring quality control. Makes decisions that may affect the division, department...
05.14.2018
Job Summary: Coordinates the patient flow and provides therapeutic treatment to adult and pediatric patients in a fast paced environment. Duties to include, but not limited to: Rotate on linear accelerators to treat patients Implements...
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