Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.
Radiation therapists work in hospitals, offices of physicians, and outpatient centers. Most radiation therapists work full time.
Most radiation therapists complete programs that lead to an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy. Radiation therapists must be licensed or certified in most states. Requirements vary by state, but often include passing a national certification exam.
The median annual wage for radiation therapists was $80,220 in May 2015.
Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The risk of cancer increases as people age, so an aging population may increase demand for radiation therapists.
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