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How about a career as a Radiation Therapist!

by Michael Johns, Project Manager | May 03, 2006
Radiation Therapist and
50+ other medical careers


Radiation Therapist.

[See below for a link to 50+ other medical careers.]

The Career:
Radiation Therapists assist radiation oncologists (physicians who use radiation to treat cancer) in administering radiation therapy. They expose a specific area of the patient's body to ionizing radiation, which attacks and kills certain types of cancers. They also use other therapeutic equipment such as particle generators, high-energy linear accelerators, and radioactive isotopes. Radiation therapists are responsible for helping patients assume the correct positions for treatment and making them feel comfortable while the procedures are taking place. Individuals interested in radiation therapy should have the ability to communicate effectively, be compassionate, and have an understanding of medical terminology.

Work Environment:
Radiation therapists work in a variety of facilities including hospitals, cancer treatment centers, physician's offices, educational facilities, governmental facilities, and research laboratories. Most therapists work a 40-hour workweek, but some facilities require nights and weekends work depending on the patient's needs.

High School Preparation:
Students interested in radiation therapy should take high school courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, algebra, geometry, health occupations/medical professions education, English, computer skills, and history.

College Requirements:
Individuals entering a radiation therapy program should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Programs range in length from a 1-year certificate program, a 2-year associate's degree program, or a 4-year bachelor's degree program. Certification can be obtained by passing an examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Students interested in radiation therapy should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

Career Outlook:
Employment opportunities for radiation therapists are expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations. There will be an expansion of 21 - 35% in job opportunities over the next ten years. Due to the aging population and the emphasis on early detection of cancer, radiation therapy will become even more important in many health care facilities.

A brief list of medical careers: Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Equipment Technician, Environmental Health Specialist4, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Nursing Assistant, Registered Nurse - Associates, Anesthesiologist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Technologist, and there is much more!

To explore these and other medical career opportunities, please visit the Mississippi Hospital Association website

This information is taken with thanks from the Missisippi Hospital Association website.