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Become A Dosimetrist

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Working As A Dosimetrist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Dosimetrist Do

Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.

Duties

Radiation therapists typically do the following:

  • Explain treatment plans to the patient and answer questions about treatment
  • Follow safety procedures to protect the patient and themselves from overexposure to radiation
  • Examine machines to make sure they are safe and working properly
  • X ray the patient to determine the exact location of the area requiring treatment
  • Check computer programs to make sure the machine will give the correct dose of radiation to the appropriate area of the patient's body
  • Operate the machine to treat the patient with radiation
  • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to the treatment
  • Keep detailed records of treatment

Radiation therapists operate machines called linear accelerators, which are used to deliver radiation therapy. These machines direct high-energy x rays at specific cancer cells in a patient's body, shrinking or removing them. 

Radiation therapists are part of the oncology team that treats patients with cancer. They often work with the following specialists:

  • Radiation oncologists, physicians who specialize in radiation therapy
  • Oncology nurses, registered nurses who specialize in caring for patients with cancer
  • Medical physicists, physicists who help in planning of radiation treatments and help to develop better and safer radiation therapies

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How To Become A Dosimetrist

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.

Education

Employers usually prefer to hire applicants who have an associate’s degree or a bachelor's degree in radiation therapy. However, candidates may qualify for some positions by completing a 12-month certificate program.

Radiation therapy programs include courses in radiation therapy procedures and the scientific theories behind them. These programs often include experience in a clinical setting and courses in human anatomy and physiology, physics, algebra, computer science, and research methodology. In 2014, there were about 120 accredited educational programs recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Radiation therapists must follow exact instructions and input exact measurements to make sure the patient is exposed to the correct amount of radiation.

Interpersonal skills. Radiation therapists work closely with patients. It is important that therapists be comfortable interacting with people who may be going through physical and emotional stress.

Physical stamina. Radiation therapists must be able to be on their feet for long periods and be able to lift and move patients who need assistance.

Technical skills. Radiation therapists work with computers and large pieces of technological equipment, so they must be comfortable operating those devices.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In most states, radiation therapists must be licensed or certified. Requirements vary by state, but typically include graduation from an accredited radiation therapy program and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification.

To become ARRT certified, an applicant must complete an accredited radiation therapy program, adhere to ARRT ethical standards, and pass the ARRT certification exam. The exam covers radiation protection and quality assurance, clinical concepts in radiation oncology, treatment planning, treatment delivery, and patient care and education. A list of accredited programs is available from ARRT.

Many jobs also require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or basic life support (BLS) certification.

Advancement

With additional education and certification, therapists can become medical dosimetrists. Dosimetrists are responsible for calculating the correct dose of radiation that is used in the treatment of cancer patients.

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Dosimetrist Demographics

Gender

Female

38.6%

Male

36.4%

Unknown

25.0%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

12.8%

Black or African American

12.0%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

25.0%

Mandarin

25.0%

Cantonese

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Dosimetrist Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

6.8%

Wayne State University

6.8%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

6.8%

Texas A&M University

6.8%

Northern Arizona University

4.5%

University of Saint Francis

4.5%

Barry University

4.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

The Community College of Baltimore County

4.5%

Georgetown University

4.5%

University of Oklahoma-Health Sciences Center

4.5%

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Columbia University

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

City College of San Francisco

4.5%

Saint Leo University

4.5%

Thomas Jefferson University

4.5%

Howard University

4.5%

Community College of Allegheny County

4.5%
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Majors

Medical Technician

25.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

25.0%

Public Health

6.3%

Health Sciences And Services

5.4%

Physics

5.4%

Business

5.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Biology

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Psychology

1.8%

Medicine

1.8%

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Hospitality Management

1.8%

Chemistry

1.8%

Medical Clinical Sciences

1.8%

Management

0.9%

Genetics

0.9%

Physical Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.2%

Masters

21.7%

Other

19.4%

Certificate

14.0%

Associate

10.9%

Doctorate

3.1%

Diploma

0.8%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Minot, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
6.4 years
How much does a Dosimetrist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Dosimetrist in the United States is $80,858 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Dosimetrist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dosimetrist Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 16, 2014 $124,363
Dosimetrist II Swedish Health Services Edmonds, WA Sep 08, 2011 $122,590
Dosimetrist St. Jude Yorba Linda Santa Rosa, CA Dec 14, 2015 $114,400
Dosimetrist University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 11, 2015 $106,288 -
$125,819
Dosimetrist II Vantage Oncology LLC Mokena, IL Mar 06, 2016 $101,000
Dosimetrist Vantage Oncology, LLC Mokena, IL Jun 03, 2013 $98,000
Dosimetrist Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 16, 2011 $93,619
Dosimetrist Cleveland Clinic Sandusky, OH Dec 19, 2011 $88,210
Dosimetrist Florida Proton Therapy Institute, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Apr 11, 2014 $85,500
Dosimetrist II Vantage Oncology LLC Mokena, IL Nov 19, 2015 $85,176 -
$98,000
Dosimetrist (Medical Radiation Dosimetrist) Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Hartford, CT Aug 18, 2010 $82,618 -
$140,462
Dosimetrist Uc Health Cincinnati, OH Sep 15, 2012 $77,991
Research Dosimetrist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Aug 31, 2010 $75,000

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  1. Treatment Plan Calculations
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