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What do radiation therapists do?  

Radiation therapists have a unique opportunity to blend math, science and psychology in daily work as they treat cancer. They focus on treating cancer patients with high-energy beam radiation using complex treatment machines. Because these hands-on, high-tech treatments span weeks and even months, therapists also build relationships with their patients and provide critical emotional support.

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 2018 median salary for radiation therapists was $82,330 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.