What do radiation therapists do?
Radiation therapists have a unique opportunity to blend the knowledge and skills of mathematics, science, and psychology in daily work. Radiation therapists operate sophisticated radiation equipment to treat malignant tissue to the physician's prescription. They assist in designing the patient's treatment through the use of computer produced calculations in three-dimensional space. They recognize when a patient is having additional medical problems, which require a doctor's attention, and provide psychological support for patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness.
What do radiation therapists make?
More than 21,000 radiation therapists are licensed in the United States today (ARRT 2015). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2017 median salary for radiation therapists was $80,570 depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting.
What is the job outlook for the radiation therapy technology profession?
Employment for Radiation therapists is expected to grow by 13% from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average occupation. Demand for services will continue to grow as the population ages. Read more about the RT job outlook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/Radiation-therapists.htm.