Dosimetrist Career Guide

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A dosimetrist is essential to the radiation oncology team. They


The specific educational requirements to become a dosimetrist typically includes a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, although some dosimetrists possess a master’s degree. The most common academic pathway is to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Dosimetry or a related field.

The curriculum for a dosimetry program includes coursework in radiation physics, radiation biology, anatomy, treatment planning techniques, radiation

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Related certifications

To get a job as a dosimetrist, you must become a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD) by passing the board exams and gaining certification from the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB). It can take 5 to 7 years to become a certified dosimetrist depending on how quickly you finish school and get accepted into a highly competitive dosimetry program. The exact


As you’ve probably gathered from reading the vast job description of what a dosimetrist does, you would be right in guessing that they need a wide range of expertise and advanced skill sets to be successful in this role. Some skills that are essential if you’re considering a career in dosimetry are:

  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Attention to detail

  • High level

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The specific responsibilities of a dosimetrist include:

  • Treatment Planning: Dosimetrists work closely with radiation oncologists and medical physicists to develop treatment plans for patients undergoing radiation therapy. They utilize advanced computer software and imaging techniques to calculate the precise dose of radiation required to target tumors while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues.

  • Dose Calculation: Dosimetrists perform complex calculations to determine the

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The average salary for a Dosimetrist is $2,917.83 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Dosimetry is a highly specific and in-demand allied health career path with many variations on advancing your career. The transition is usually seamless if you change from clinical work to education, administration or research.

Dosimetrists are also among the highest-paid allied health specialties. Vivian’s salary data in mid-June 2023 showed that staff dosimetrist salaries averaged $44.05 per hour, 20% higher

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