What does a Radiation Therapist do?

Radiation therapists work under an oncologist as part of a medical team to prepare patients and administer radiation treatments for cancer and some other conditions. They take precise measurements of patients for treatment and may fit them with specialized equipment to be used during sessions. During the course of treatment, they will monitor the patient's responses, including side effects, and may adjust the schedule or doses of radiation accordingly. They may work at a hospital or at a freestanding cancer treatment center.

Radiation therapists also provide emotional support to patients and family members who are going through an extremely stressful process. As part of the treatment team who will see the patient frequently, it is important to be sensitive and understanding of the fact that patients may be upset and emotional. Radiation therapists generally hold an associate's or a bachelor's degree and are often required to hold a license in the state in which they practice.

What responsibilities are common for Radiation Therapist jobs?
  • Understand and operate various imaging and treatment equipment
  • Use computers to calculate proper type and dosage of radiation
  • Collect and manage relevant patient information
  • Help ensure proper positioning of patients for treatment using masks, braces and other equipment
  • Explain all procedures to the patient
  • Ensure that safety protocols are followed for patient, family and staff
  • Schedule patient visits to follow treatment plan
  • Monitor patient's emotional and physical tolerance of treatment
What are the typical qualifications for Radiation Therapist jobs?
  • License to practice radiation therapy
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Attention to detail and ability to master and troubleshoot technical machinery
  • Ability to be compassionate and understanding with anxious patients and family
  • Ability to focus on detailed work while working with distressed individuals
  • Ability to help adjust or shift elderly or disabled patients
  • Ability to coordinate and schedule assessments and treatments
  • Ability to both follow direction and act independently
  • Ability to maintain professionalism while working with sick patients
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Radiation Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,912 /yr
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Median: $86K
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“Radiation Oncologist are great to work with!”

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“Great team to work with”

HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare
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May 21, 2021

“Competitive pay compared to surrounding hospitals”

Beaumont HealthBeaumont Health
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May 12, 2022

“Great coworkers were the best part of the job.”

University of Texas at San AntonioUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
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Sept 30, 2021

“Great staff to work with.”

Virginia Cancer SpecialistsVirginia Cancer Specialists
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“Friendly people to work with.”

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“Difficult work/ life balance.”

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“No work life balance .”

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