Radiation Therapy (RTT)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Radiation Therapist (RTT) treats diseases by exposing specific areas of patients’ bodies to prescribed doses of radiation and repositioning the patient as needed during the procedure. The outcome could be cure, relief of symptoms, and improvement of patient’s quality of life.
  • Work under supervision of radiation oncologists (physicians who use radiation to treat cancer).
  • Evaluates and records daily patients’ side effects or adverse reactions, both physiologic and psychologic responsiveness such as vomiting, hair loss, or anxiety.
  • Use high technology equipment including linear accelerators, X-ray imaging machines, computer tomography scans, and fluoroscopy.
  • Therapists work in hospitals or cancer treatment centers.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Daily interaction with very ill individuals provides special challenges in care giving.
  • Must communicate effectively in order to interact well with patients and family members.
  • Must think critically.
  • Have a team approach mentality.
  • Routinely lift 20 pounds over your head (blocks, treatment cones, and other treatment devices).
  • Stand on your feet more than 80 percent of the time.
  • Work near radiation.
  • Employment outlook is very good. Radiation Technology will become safer and more effective and prescribed more often, leading to a demand for Radiation Therapists.

Getting Started

Career Outlook