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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 US today (ARRT 2015). According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for a Radiation therapist is $77,560 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 24% from 2012 to 2022, which is much 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.