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 $86,850 in May 2020.
Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for radiation therapists may stem from the aging population and advances in radiation therapies.