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Radiation Therapists

Also called: Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapist, Registered Radiation Therapist, Staff Radiation Therapist

What they do:
Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
On the job, you would:
  • Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
  • Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
  • Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • physics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Radiation dose calculation software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Image processing software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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