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Required Education & Licensure

An associate's degree and a passing score on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination is required to become a radiation therapist.

What do they do?

They operate sophisticated equipment and communicate with patients who receive daily radiation treatments. They work with physicians and physicists to make sure those radiation therapy treatments are efficient, of high quality, recorded accurately, and as pleasant as possible for the patient.  See program description at Armstrong Radiologic Sciences.

Where do they work?

Hospitals or freestanding cancer centers

Professional Associations

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for radiation therapists was $77,560 in May 2012.