|Quick Facts: Radiation Therapists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$77,560 per year
$37.29 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||19,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||24% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||4,500|
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 in most states; requirements vary by state.
The median annual wage for radiation therapists was $77,560 in May 2012.
Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 4,500 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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