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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

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Workshop lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Brachytherapy units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computed tomography CT or CAT radiotherapy simulators — Computed tomography CT radiation therapy planning simulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Optical distance indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drilling machines — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eye shields — Radiation protection eyewear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hospital intercom systems — Treatment room intercoms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Position verification lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment — Medical imaging fluoroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes — Computed tomography CT scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Protective medical gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors — Daylight medical film processing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators — Linear accelerator compensation filters; Multi-leaf radiation therapy collimators; Radiation therapy beam directing wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT three dimensional units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT two dimensional units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical positron emission tomography PET units — Treatment verification equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiation dosimeters — Dual diode dosimeter patient dose monitors; Multi-monitor dosimetry systems; Wireless patient dosimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiation films or badges — Personal radiation monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • 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) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Radiation shielding lead aprons; Thyroid shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens — Lead alloy shielding blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Ultrasound imaging scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray intensifying screens — Medical x ray image intensifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Medical diagnostic x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Phantom dosimeters — Dynamic phantoms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiation detectors — Area radiation monitors; Solid state diode detectors; Survey meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiotherapy teletherapy cobalt 60 equipment — Cobalt radiation therapy machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories — Respiration monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sawing machines — Computerized block cutting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skinfold calipers — Body-fat calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum molding machines — Vacuum formers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water baths — Laboratory water baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray and fluoroscopy RF radiotherapy planning simulators — X ray or fluoroscopy treatment planning simulators See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Image processing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; Lifeline Software RadCalc; Radiation dose calculation software; Sun Nuclear MapCHECK (see all 11 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Fabricate medical devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Verify accuracy of patient information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop medical treatment plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer cancer treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical facility records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 98% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 92% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 90% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 74% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 83% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 61% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 73% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 72% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 51% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 43% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 37% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 42% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 50% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 31% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 50% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 36% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 70% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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
9   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SRC

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $38.51 hourly, $80,090 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)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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