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Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.

Median Annual Salary:

$73,500

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Job Description

Administers targeted doses of radiation as prescribed by a radiologist to a patient to treat cancer and other diseases. Assists in preparing sealed radioactive materials, calculates actual treatment dosages, and prepares equipment such as immobilization, treatment and protection. Requires registration by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) with appropriate oncology certification required.

Patient Contact

High

Employment Outlook

Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for radiation therapists may stem from the aging population and advances in radiation therapies.

Education

Associate Degree – 1 - 2 Years

While there are no accredited programs in South Carolina, both North Carolina and Georgia offer many accredited programs to choose from.