There are plethoras of courses and options ,with advancement in technology new jobs are created. Radiation Therapy or Radiation Oncology is an allied health career option. Radiation Therapist or Radiotherapist is more of a technical job as compared other medical profession but highly lucrative as any other medical careers.
To pursue a career in Radiation Therapy, good communication skills are required to interact with the patients and possess positive attitude towards the stressful and despondent patients, empathize and take care of them .They should have the acumen to keep the accurate and detailed records. Be physically fit as they work on their feet for long duration, lift and move the disabled patients.
The job involves administering radiation treatments to cancer patients through linear accelerators equipment used in the treatment of cancer and its maintenance . Assisting the Dosimetrists and Clinicians who are responsible for determining the radiation amounts for treatments. Work also involves following safety standard measures to prevent exposure to radiation.
Experienced Radiation Therapist advance to manage Radiation Therapy Programs, other advancement opportunities include teaching, technical sales and research. Radiation Therapists can also move ahead as Dosimetrists (who use complex mathematical formulas to calculate proper radiation doses) with additional training and certificate.
Educational requirements for radiation therapist:
Employers prefer Radiation Therapist to possess a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or certificate in Radiation Therapy. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) accredits Radiation Therapy Programs.
Licensure and Certification: Licensing varies from state to state, but some states require to them to be licensed by the State Accredited Board and most of the states require the applicants to pass the ARRT certification examination. ARRT certification is valid for a year and requires renewal .Continuing education requirements must be met every 2 years.
Career prospects are good for Radiation Therapist; according to Bureau of Labor Statistics Radiation Therapist have a high potential for growth. The average salary of radiation therapist is $84,000. Opportunities will rise sharply enabling to find job in all clinical settings such as hospitals, outpatient care and physician’s office. Choosing to be a radiation therapist is a rewarding and gratifying job.