4. Radiation Therapist
$80,090 AVG. SALARY
2.1% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Radiation therapists treat patients with diseases such as cancer by administering radiation treatments. Radiation therapists work in hospitals, physician clinics, and outpatient centers. Most radiation therapists work full time. Radiation therapy is preceded with CAT scans, X-rays and Cone beam computed tomography before actual radiation is even administered. These technologies enable them to accurately position cancer patients, so that the radiation is administered precisely. Radiation Therapists are experts on computer technologies, who will appropriate the correct doses of radiation to the radiation machine. They constantly monitor their patients, and they detail their treatment. They work closely with Radiation Oncologists and Dosimetrists, who create the radiation treatment plan, whereas radiation therapists carry out these plans.
Regarding radiation therapist school requirements, most radiation therapists will complete programs that lead to an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy. In most states, radiation therapists must be licensed or certified. Requirements vary by state, but often include passing a national certification exam. Becoming licensed usually involves graduating from an accredited program from radiation therapist accredited schools and becoming certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Certification also involves agreeing to and abiding by ethical standards in addition to passing a certification exam.
- Virginia Western Community College (VWCC)
- University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (UNC)
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
- University of Vermont (UV)
- Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
Brevard Community College
Fortis College in Winter Park
College of Central Florida
Daytona State College
Edison State College
TOP 5 BEST PAYING CITIES FOR RADIATION THERAPISTS
Tampa, Florida $114,920
San Jose, California $114,900
San Diego $114,720
New Haven, Connecticut $112,240
San Francisco $111,890
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