Radiation Therapist Career Guide

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Overview

Radiation Therapists play a critical role in cancer treatment by administering radiation therapy to patients. This specialized healthcare field requires a unique combination of technical expertise, compassion and precision. If you're interested in a career that contributes directly to saving lives and improving the quality of life for patients, becoming a Radiation Therapist might be the path for

Education

To become a Radiation Therapist, you'll need to complete an accredited radiation therapy program, which typically results in an associate degree. Some programs may offer bachelor's degrees in radiation therapy as well.

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Related certifications

After completing your education, you'll need to obtain certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists by passing a national exam (R-ARRT). Many states also require licensure to practice as a Radiation Therapist.

Skills

Staff and Travel Radiation Therapists must possess a strong understanding of medical imaging and radiation equipment. Attention to detail is essential to accurately position patients and deliver precise doses of radiation. Compassion and communication skills are also crucial for providing emotional support to patients undergoing treatment.

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Responsibilities

Radiation Therapists work closely with oncologists to develop treatment plans. They perform simulations to determine the exact treatment area, operate radiation equipment, educate patients about the treatment process, monitor patients' reactions and document treatment information.

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Radiation Therapist
$1,942-3,052/week

The average salary for a Radiation Therapist is $2,512.11 per week.

Last updated on April 24, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Radiation Therapist offers several benefits. You'll have the opportunity to directly contribute to patients' cancer treatment and play a pivotal role in their recovery. The field is also financially rewarding and offers opportunities for advancement.

However, there are challenges to consider. Radiation Therapists may work with patients who are facing serious health conditions, which can be emotionally demanding. The

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Travel Contract

Travel Radiation Therapist

  • Wausau, WI
  • Nationwide Therapy Group
  • 3x12 hrs, Days
  • Referral Bonus

$6,033/week

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Travel Contract

Travel Radiation Therapist

  • Westminster, MD
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$3,390/week

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Posted 1 day ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Radiation Therapist

  • Urbana, IL
  • Talent4Health
  • 5x8 hrs, Days, Flexible

$3,122/week

Posted 2 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Radiation Therapist

  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Genie Healthcare
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$3,287/week

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