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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-1124 Radiation Therapists

Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 5012$44.37/hr$39.30/hr$39.78/hr$40.43/hr$47.28/hr$50.36/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services240$40.82/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$41.46/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Central Minnesota N/A$40.82/hr6.1%
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$41.46/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$39.41/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 50$40.43/hr6.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 60$40.43/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 130$39.48/hrN/A
Minnesota 240$40.82/hr5.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Respiratory Therapists 1,420$39.64/hr20.5%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 1,570$43.81/hr17.7%
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,080$33.52/hr6.7%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 250$49.00/hr6.4%

  • Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
  • Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
  • Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
  • Enter data into computer and set controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.
  • Maintain records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.
  • Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
  • Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
  • Check for side effects, such as skin irritation, nausea, or hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
  • Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.