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Radiation Therapy Technologist

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Salary: $53,218 - $79,634
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Hourly: $27.76 - $41.65
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 1-4 years
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Radiation Therapy Technologists (RTTs) play a vital role in the treatment of patients who are diagnosed with cancer. RTTs work under the supervision of radiation oncologists (physicians who use radiation to treat cancer) to manage the care of patients who are diagnosed with cancer. The primary responsibilities for RTTs include assisting in reviewing the diagnosis and prescribed treatment, acting as a liaison between the physician and supportive care personnel, preparing the equipment used in treatment, and maintaining accurate patient medical records.

RTTs work directly with patients and administer the radiation therapy by exposing specific areas of the patient’s body to prescribed doses of radiation. They may help the patient reposition their body, monitor their side effects or any adverse reactions to treatment and perform quality control on the equipment to maintain it at standards that meet code requirements.

RTTs must also maintain strict safety protocols for themselves, their patients and their work colleagues.

Work Environment

Radiation Therapy Technologists commonly work in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and private offices. Working with radiation does present some risk, but a licensed RTT will follow strict protocols and use safety equipment to minimize those risks. RTTs may also choose whether to work full-time or part-time.