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
01.02.2018
Under the direction of the Clinical Manager, the Radiation Therapist applies ionizing radiation to the patient in accordance with the prescription and instruction of the Radiation Oncologist.
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...
01.17.2018
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,...
01.17.2018
The Registered Radiation Therapist 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...
01.15.2018
- 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...
01.15.2018
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...
01.15.2018
- Advanced Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology (046414) Job Description Advanced Radiation Therapist- UC Health Barrett- Radiation Oncology(Job Number: 046414) Description Primary Purpose: Provides basic patient...
01.17.2018
This position is responsible for delivering radiation therapy treatment as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist, perform daily maintenance and quality assurance checks on the equipment, and maintain the inventory of departmental supplies....
01.15.2018
- 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...
01.17.2018
PRN Under the general supervision of the Radiation Oncologists and Radiation Physicist, the incumbent administers ionizing radiation treatments to cancer patients. Other responsibilities include transporting patients, if needed from the...
01.17.2018
Operates Linear accelerator, simulate patients in CT scanner and/or on treatment machine, perform basic calculations according to the prescription set by the Radiation Oncologist in an accurate and timely manner.
01.11.2018
Make the most of your clinical skills at an organization that has earned numerous awards for clinical excellence. Based in Roanoke, VA, our community-based health care organization encompasses a comprehensive network of hospitals, primary and...
11.07.2017
Participates in a variety of patient care and non-patient care duties involved in the planning and administration of radiation therapy to patients. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Fabricates treatment aids and immobilization devices and...
12.14.2017
Assists Radiation Oncologist by treating patients with prescribed dose of ionizing radiation supplied and controlled through specialized radiation equipment. In doing so, prepares treatment room, explains procedures to patients, positions...
12.14.2017
Assists Radiation Oncologist by treating patients with prescribed dose of ionizing radiation supplied and controlled through specialized radiation equipment. In doing so, prepares treatment room, explains procedures to patients, positions...
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  6. Radiation Therapist - Oncology Portland, MA MaineHealth
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  8. Radiation Therapist I Boston, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    This position is responsible for delivering radiation therapy treatment as prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist, perform daily maintenance and quality assurance checks on the equipment, and maintain the inventory of departmental supplies....
  9. Radiation Therapist- UC Health Proton Center- Radiation Oncology Cincinnati, OH University of Cincinnati Medical Center
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  11. Radiation Therapist Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
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  12. Radiation Therapist Techn. Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
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