Radiation Therapy

The Profession

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Who They Are

Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases by using various machines and techniques to administer radiation to patients. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What They Do

Radiation therapists typically explain treatment plans and answer questions about treatment, calibrate and operate equipment to administer radiation while protecting themselves and the patient, and monitor the patient for unusual reactions to treatment. It is also important that radiation therapists keep detailed records of their work. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where They Work

Most radiation therapists work in hospitals. Others work in private offices of physicians or in outpatient care facilities. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Jobs in radiation therapy are growing faster than average. In the next ten years, the profession is expected to grow by 9%. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Most programs to become a radiation therapist are one to two years in length. Two year programs typically result in earning an associate’s degree. There are some bachelor’s degree programs as well. After completing the required training, many employers would like individuals to become certified as a radiation therapist. This involves taking a national certification exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Source: All Allied Health Schools

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