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Radiation Therapy Career

Thinking about becoming a radiation therapist?

Treating and caring for cancer patients is a challenge that demands both skill and compassion. Professionals must master a high level of technical knowledge. They must also be able to work well with critically ill patients, understanding their needs and fears.

Quick facts about radiation therapy:

  • Average mean salary in MA in 2013 was $79,130
  • Potential Careers: radiation therapist, chief therapist, education director, dosimetrist
  • Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 4,500 new jobs over the 10-year period. -

  • Radiation therapists work Monday through Friday, normal business hours and are exposed to a continuum of learning providing an exciting and challenging profession.

  • For more information on radiation therapy careers and to access our professional society go to ASRT.

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Work Environment

Radiation therapists are on their feet for long periods and may need to lift or turn disabled patients. Because they work with radiation and radioactive material, radiation therapists must follow safety procedures to make sure that they are not exposed to a potentially harmful amount of radiation. These procedures usually require therapists to stand in a different room while the patient undergoes radiation procedures. (- BLS)

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