Radiation Therapy TechnologistPrint
RADIATION THERAPY TECHNOLOGISTS administer radiation treatments to cancer patients as prescribed by physicians according to established practices and standards. They operate a variety of machines which generate x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, and other types of radiation. Radiation therapy technologists focus these beams of radiation directly on the tumor in an effort to destroy it completely, while protecting healthy tissues. Radiation therapy technologists handle most treatment sessions on their own, under the general direction of the patient's physician and according a prescribed treatment plan.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $66,500 average per year ($32.00 per hour)
- A small occupation (16,600 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow rapidly (2.7% per year)
Preparation to become a RADIATION THERAPY TECHNOLOGIST is offered in hospitals, colleges and universities, vocational-technical institutes, and the military. Hospitals employ most of these workers and prefer to hire those with formal training. Programs range in length from 1 to 4 years and lead to a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. A bachelor's or master's degree is desirable for supervisory, administrative, or teaching positions. Prospective students should have a strong background in the physical and biological sciences and in mathematics. Training in computer technology is also necessary because of the extensive use of computers and sophisticated machines.