Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.
Most radiation therapists complete programs that lead to an associate’s degree or 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.
Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. The incidence of cancer increases as people age, so an aging population may increase demand for radiation therapists.
Radiation therapists work in hospitals, offices of physicians, and outpatient centers. Most radiation therapists work full time.