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29-1124.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Chief Radiation Therapist (Chief RT), Computed Tomography Simulation Therapist (CT Simulation Therapist), Dosimetrist, Lead Radiation Therapist, Medical Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapist, Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT), Registered Radiation Therapist, Senior Radiation Therapist, Staff Radiation Therapist

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
97   Core Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.
97   Core Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
96   Core Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
96   Core Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
95   Core Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
95   Core Enter data into computer and set controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.
94   Core Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
92   Core Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
91   Core Educate, prepare, and reassure patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions or post-treatment care.
91   Core Maintain records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.
89   Core Check for side effects, such as skin irritation, nausea, or hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
89   Core Prepare or construct equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, or protection devices.
87   Core Help physicians, radiation oncologists, or clinical physicists to prepare physical or technical aspects of radiation treatment plans, using information about patient condition and anatomy.
87   Core Calculate actual treatment dosages delivered during each session.
86   Core Photograph treated area of patient and process film.
86   Core Act as liaison with physicist and supportive care personnel.
79   Core Schedule patients for treatment times.
79   Core Provide assistance to other healthcare personnel during dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
75   Core Train or supervise student or subordinate radiotherapy technologists.
80   Supplemental Implement appropriate follow-up care plans.
74   Supplemental Store, sterilize, or prepare the special applicators containing the radioactive substance implanted by the physician.
69   Supplemental Assist in the preparation of sealed radioactive materials, such as cobalt, radium, cesium, or isotopes, for use in radiation treatments.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED
Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Workshop lathes
Computed tomography CT or CAT radiotherapy simulators — Computed tomography CT radiation therapy planning simulators
Drilling machines — Drill presses
Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes — Computed tomography CT scanners
Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors — Daylight medical film processing equipment
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators — Linear accelerator compensation filters; Multi-leaf radiation therapy collimators; Radiation therapy beam directing wedges
Medical positron emission tomography PET units — Treatment verification equipment
Medical radiation dosimeters — Dual diode dosimeter patient dose monitors; Multi-monitor dosimetry systems; Wireless patient dosimeters
Medical radiation films or badges — Personal radiation monitors
Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use — Beam direction shells; Patient positioning devices; Patient positioning straps; Patient treatment area casts (see all 7 examples)
Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Radiation shielding lead aprons; Thyroid shields
Medical x ray intensifying screens — Medical x ray image intensifiers
Radiation detectors — Area radiation monitors; Solid state diode detectors; Survey meters
Radiotherapy teletherapy cobalt 60 equipment — Cobalt radiation therapy machines
Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras
X ray and fluoroscopy RF radiotherapy planning simulators — X ray or fluoroscopy treatment planning simulators

Technology used in this occupation:

Graphics or photo imaging software — Image processing software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; Lifeline Software RadCalc; Radiation dose calculation software; Sun Nuclear MapCHECK (see all 11 examples)

See all 47 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
89   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
76   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
74   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
69   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
66   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
63   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
63   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
59   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
59   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
59   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
52   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
46   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
40   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
37   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
34   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
33   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
33   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
32   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
29   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
28   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
28   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
25   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
21   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
20   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
15   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
15   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
13   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
10   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
69   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
69   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
63   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
60   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
60   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
56   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
53   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
53   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
47   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
44   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
44   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
41   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
41   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
41   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
41   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
41   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
41   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
31   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
28   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
22   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
72   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
69   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
66   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
66   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
63   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
60   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
60   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
56   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
56   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
53   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
50   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
50   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
50   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
50   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
47   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
47   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
47   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
44   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
41   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
41   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
35   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
31   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
31   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
31   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
31   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
28   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
25   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
25   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
22   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
19   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
19   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
90   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Administer cancer treatments.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
90   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
90   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Maintain medical facility records.
90   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
88   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
86   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
86   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
85   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
85   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
84   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
83   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
79   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
74   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
74   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
73   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
73   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.
72   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information.
69   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
68   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
68   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train medical providers.
67   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
66   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
65   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
63   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
62   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
61   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
60   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
59   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
59   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
55   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
53   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
53   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
51   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
50   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
50   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
50   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
43   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
41   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
39   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
34   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
17   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


98     Constant contact with others
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


92     Very close (near touching)
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


90     Extremely important
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


87     Every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


75     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


85     Every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


82     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


74     Extremely important
19     Very important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


89     Every day
11     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


83     Extremely serious
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


71     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


61     Continually or almost continually
25     More than half the time
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


73     Extremely important
13     Very important
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


72     Very important results
14     Minor results
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


33     A lot of freedom
51     Some freedom
13     Limited freedom
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


73     Every day
17     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


42     Continually or almost continually
29     More than half the time
16     About half the time
12     Less than half the time
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


34     Continually or almost continually
41     More than half the time
13     About half the time
12     Less than half the time
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


43     Extremely competitive
26     Highly competitive
16     Moderately competitive
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


30     Continually or almost continually
37     More than half the time
25     About half the time
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


52     Very high responsibility
12     Moderate responsibility
21     Limited responsibility
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


31     A lot of freedom
42     Some freedom
13     Very little freedom
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


50     Extremely important
24     Important
13     Not important at all
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


28     Extremely important
31     Very important
30     Important
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


29     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a month or more but not every week
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


38     Very high responsibility
29     High responsibility
13     Moderate responsibility
11     No responsibility
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


12     Every day
42     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


50     Extremely important
18     Fairly important
22     Not important at all
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


20     Continually or almost continually
36     More than half the time
13     About half the time
24     Less than half the time
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


34     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


55     Every day
41     Never
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


35     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


15     More than 40 hours
70     40 hours
15     Less than 40 hours
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


22     Highly automated
53     Moderately automated
19     Slightly automated
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


12     Every day
28     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
32     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


15     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


25     Every day
33     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


40     Every day
56     Never
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


24     Every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


27     Every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
52     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


19     About half the time
74     Less than half the time
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


11     More than half the time
41     Less than half the time
33     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


23     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
32     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


18     About half the time
16     Less than half the time
53     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
63     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


26     Once a year or more but not every month
60     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


11     Every day
78     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


94     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


89     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


97     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


95     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


94     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


98     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


95     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


95     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


97     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


99     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Associate's degree
38   Bachelor's degree
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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
78   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
72   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
67   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
45   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
11   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
 Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
96   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
95   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
93   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
92   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
92   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
87   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
85   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
82   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
81   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
80   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
78   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
74   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
74   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
67   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
67   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
67   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
89   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
89   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
67   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
67   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
61   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
56   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $38.05 hourly, $79,140 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 8,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (91% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Radiation Therapists external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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