DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
29-1124 Radiation Therapists
Occupational Description: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.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 5 - North Central||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Radiologic Technologists and Technicians||140||$25.11/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Radiation Therapists
- Reviews prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
- Maintains records, reports, and files as required.
- Follows principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
- Photographs treated area of patient and processes film.
- Enters data into computer and sets controls to operate and adjust equipment and regulate dosage.
- Prepares equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices, and positions patient according to prescription.
- Acts as liaison with physicist and supportive care personnel.
- Observes and reassures patient during treatment and reports unusual reactions to physician.