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
11.21.2019
Description Radiation therapist will accurately deliver therapeutic radiation while following department policies and procedures to offer the highest standard of care to include, monitoring and delivery of therapeutic radiation and CT,...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Under the general direction of the Clinical Director, Treatment Operations Manager, Chief of Clinical Physics, and Medical Director, the Chief Radiation Therapy Technologist supervises the brachytherapy treatment operations of...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Under the general direction of the Clinical Director, Treatment Operations Manager, Chief of Clinical Physics, and Medical Director, the Chief Radiation Therapy Technologist supervises the technical operation of the Radiation...
12.09.2019
Satisfactory completion of formal radiation therapy training in a school approved by the joint committee on education in radiation therapy and must meet the requirements for radiation therapy registry by the AART. Experience Sufficient...
11.27.2019
Responsibilities Play a vital role within a world-class health organization. Advance our compassionate, award-winning care. Take your career to the next level. UCan do all this and more at UCLA Health. In this role, you will work under the...
11.07.2019
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....
12.09.2019
Able to operate the linear accelerator, simulate patients on treatment machine, perform basic calculations according to the prescription set by the Radiation Oncologist in an accurate and timely manner. Communicates well with team members,...
11.07.2019
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....
01.02.2019
JOB SUMMARY JOB SUMMARY: Safely and correctly operates equipment delivering ionizing radiation for the purpose of treating neoplastic diseases or for other therapeutic purposes. Applies ionizing radiation to patients in accordance with the...
10.29.2019
Job Req ID: 234385 Position Number: 00169732 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : M-F, Days - PRN Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Radiation Therapy Location:...
11.17.2019
Administers and records radiation therapy treatments using teletherapy equipment. Educates patients, schedules daily treatment appointments, weekly patient check-ups and monitors and evaluates patient treatments by weekly verification of x-rays...
11.18.2019
MISSION: To improve the health of our community, serving with compassion and respect, one person at a time. VISION: Working together, Skagit Regional Health will transform healthcare by improving access, service, quality and efficiency in support...
11.12.2019
Job Req ID: 236103 Position Number: 00122833 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8:00A - 4:30P Standard Hours:  30.00 Department Name: Radiation Therapy...
10.02.2019
Job Req ID: 218801 Position Number: 00169298 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : First shift, days and hours variable Standard Hours:  24.00 Department Name: Radiation...
11.26.2019
The Radiation Therapy Technologist safely and correctly operates equipment delivering ionizing radiation for the purpose of treating neoplastic diseases or for other therapeutic purposes. To apply ionizing radiation to patients in accordance with...
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    Description Radiation therapist will accurately deliver therapeutic radiation while following department policies and procedures to offer the highest standard of care to include, monitoring and delivery of therapeutic radiation and CT,...
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  3. Chief Radiation Therapist - Westwood Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
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  6. RADIATION THERAPIST-REGISTERED PT/DAY SHIFT Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
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