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Radiation Therapist

Radiation Therapist

Use radiation for the treatment of cancer and other non-cancerous or benign conditions.

What's it like to be a Radiation Therapist?

A Radiation Therapist uses advanced technology and imaging equipment to create a treatment plan to deliver the optimal dose of radiation to a tumour, whilst ensuring minimal damage to healthy surrounding tissue. Each treatment plan designed and delivered by a Radiation Therapist is specific to a particular patient and their diagnosis.

Tasks and duties

  • Providing emotional support and information to patients and answering any questions or concerns they may have about their cancer or radiation therapy.
  • Coordinating the various components of a patient's radiation treatment plan.
  • Using simulators, CT scanners and other medical imaging equipment to identify and define the anatomy to be treated.
  • Devising a treatment plan that will deliver the optimum radiation dose.
  • Administering the radiation treatment and recording the delivered dosage.
  • Monitoring and assessing the patient's wellbeing before, during and after the treatment.
Radiation Therapists work closely with a wider team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the Radiation Oncology profession.

What can I earn as a Radiation Therapist?

The most common salary  for a Radiation Therapist is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Radiation Therapist

To practice as a registered Radiation Therapist in Australia you need to complete an approved qualification at an accredited university. Prerequisite secondary school subjects may include Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as English. It is recommended that you have a current first aid certificate.
  1. Complete an approved qualification in radiation therapy. Alternatively, students with previous tertiary qualifications can complete an approved two-year Masters program in radiation therapy.
  2. Apply to be a registered Radiation Therapist with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
  3. As a registered Radiation Therapist you will need to meet professional obligations each year. One of those obligations is a Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD). All medical radiation practitioners must complete 60 hours of CPD over a three-year period – with at least 10 hours in any one year.
  4. Most states and territories in Australia require that Radiation Therapists hold a radiation use license.

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Duration 4 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Resilience
  • Research skills
  • Autonomy
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How do Radiation Therapists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Radiation Therapists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Dosimetry and Treatment Senior
The good things
You get to meet a lot of interesting people and you have the ability to make an impact on one of the most challenging times of their lives.
The challenges
Jobs are scarce unless you’re willing to relocate. Even then it’s challenging and emotionally exhausting work. You need keen attention to detail, be highly flexible and a high level of resilience to b...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Medical Radiations
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Therapy
The good things
I get the perfect blend of patient interaction and technical problem solving to keep me motivated on a daily basis.
The challenges
Career progression can be very difficult as the market is flooded with radiation therapists at the moment. Chances of progression are vastly improved if you are willing to move interstate though.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
It’s very rewarding helping cancer patients daily to get through their treatment
The challenges
The challenges would involve lack of jobs and in particular lack of jobs in various locations. Also the opportunity to progress and be moved into senior roles is low
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Surgical rep
The good things
Radiation therapy is a great role for a compassionate individual, focusing on treating cancer patients each day. The job however provides a balanace of patient care and high level thinking and medical...
The challenges
Challenges include juggling doctor requests with the reality of the situation. There is a steep learning curve within the job. Patient interaction can sometimes be a challenge as you are dealing with...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Oncology
The good things
Radiation Therapy is a rewarding job where you get to plan and treat cancer patients. If you’re a person with great skills for building relationships with patients and staff (as teamwork is essential)...
The challenges
The challenges could be: feeling challenged from dealing with cancer related patients & the environment. It could also be from the people who you work with as Radiation Therapy requires teamwork every...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Therapy
The good things
Helping patients and their families
The challenges
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5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Therapy
The good things
The best part about my job is having the opportunity to help people through one of the hardest times of their lives. As a radiation therapist I can directly impact the outcomes of a patient's cancer t...
The challenges
One of the main challenges of a career In Radiation Therapy is the small number of jobs available in Australia and worldwide. The Australian universities are pushing a lot of new graduates through the...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
-Patient interaction and rapport -Working with Linear Accelerators -Trouble shooting -Working in CT simulation, planning and treatment (varies the job) -Constantly evolving field -Easy to work overse...
The challenges
-Can be stressful dealing with patients when they aren't coping and the machines aren't working -Patient numbers can fluctuate. Some days are much quieter than others. Some days you may have to work o...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of Medical Radiations
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Therapy
The good things
Good opportunities for travelling with the job, reasonable variation in tasks and good amounts of patient interaction.
The challenges
Radiation therapist often deal with patients who are palliative which can be mentally hard.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Radiation Therapist
The good things
There are so many good things when considering to become a radiation therapist. Radiation oncology is constantly changing and evolving. This provides opportunity for continual professional development...
The challenges
Unfortunately radiation therapy doesn’t have opportunity for career progression. At times the patient care can become intense and burnout can occur
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What are the job opportunities for Radiation Therapists?

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Job opportunities

Radiation Therapist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
11.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals
Latest Radiation Therapist jobs on SEEK
Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC)
Cairns & Far North
Exciting opportunity for an experienced Radiation Therapist | Provide exemplary patient care and radiation therapy services | Drive quality health out
GenesisCare
Sydney > North Shore & Northern Beaches
Expressions of interest are sought for a motivated and energetic Radiation Therapist to join the team at GenesisCare.
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Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time maternity leave vacancy available until 12/1/2020 with the possibility of extension at the same/reduced...
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Mackay & Coalfields
Opportunity for a Radiation Therapist or Senior Radiation Therapist to advance their career with one of Australia’s largest cancer care providers.
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