Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources
Developed by the Sloan...
Radiation Therapist
Overview:
Treating cancer in the human body is the
principal use of radiation therapy. As part of a
me...
Preparation:
A bachelor's degree, associate degree, or
certificate in radiation therapy generally is
required. Many States...
Preparation (continued):
Radiation therapy programs include core
courses on radiation therapy procedures
and the scientifi...
Day in the Life:
Radiation therapists work in hospitals or in
cancer treatment centers. Therapists do a
considerable amoun...
Earnings:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual
earnings of wage-and-sa...
Employment:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiation therapists
hold about 15,200 ...
Career Path Forecast:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of
radiation thera...
Resources:
More information about Radiation Therapist is
available at the
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including
accre...
Resources:
More information about Radiation Therapist is
available at the
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including
accre...
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  1. 1. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  2. 2. Radiation Therapist Overview: Treating cancer in the human body is the principal use of radiation therapy. As part of a medical radiation oncology team, radiation therapists use machines -- called linear accelerators -- to administer radiation treatment to patients. Linear accelerators, used in a procedure called external beam therapy, project high-energy x rays at targeted cancer cells. Radiation therapy is sometimes used as the sole treatment for cancer, but is usually used in conjunction with chemotherapy or surgery. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.
  3. 3. Preparation: A bachelor's degree, associate degree, or certificate in radiation therapy generally is required. Many States also require radiation therapists to be licensed. With experience, therapists can advance to managerial positions. Employers usually require applicants to complete an associate or a bachelor's degree program in radiation therapy. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  4. 4. Preparation (continued): Radiation therapy programs include core courses on radiation therapy procedures and the scientific theories behind them. Programs often include courses on human anatomy and physiology, physics, algebra, precalculus, writing, public speaking, computer science, and research methodology. In the U.S., radiation therapy programs are accredited by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). A list of all accredited programs is available on the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  5. 5. Day in the Life: Radiation therapists work in hospitals or in cancer treatment centers. Therapists do a considerable amount of lifting and must be able to help disabled patients get on and off treatment tables. They spend most of their time on their feet. Radiation therapists generally work 40 hours a week, and unlike those in other health care occupations, they normally work only during the day. Because radiation therapy emergencies do occur, some therapists are required to be on call and may have to work outside of their normal hours. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  6. 6. Earnings: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings of wage-and-salary radiation therapists is about $72,910 in the United States. The middle 50 percent earned between $59,050 and $87,910. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,350. Some employers also reimburse their employees for the cost of continuing education. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  7. 7. Employment: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, radiation therapists hold about 15,200 jobs in the United States. About 70 percent worked in hospitals, and about 18 percent worked in the offices of physicians. A small proportion worked in outpatient care centers and medical and diagnostic laboratories. Because hospitals are located throughout the country, job opportunities for radiation therapists are not restricted to one geographic area. It is likely, however, that most jobs will be in larger cities. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  8. 8. Career Path Forecast: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow by 27 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The growing elderly population is expected to cause an increase in the number of people needing treatment. In addition, as radiation technology becomes safer and more effective, it will be prescribed more often, leading to an increased demand for radiation therapists. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  9. 9. Resources: More information about Radiation Therapist is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including accredited university programs, suggestions for precollege students, a free monthly careers newsletter, and a PDF summarizing the field. Associations:  American Registry of Radiologic Technologists  American Society of Radiologic Technologists  Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist
  10. 10. Resources: More information about Radiation Therapist is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center, including accredited university programs, suggestions for precollege students, a free monthly careers newsletter, and a PDF summarizing the field. Associations:  American Registry of Radiologic Technologists  American Society of Radiologic Technologists  Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Radiation Therapist

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