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29-2036.00 - Medical Dosimetrists

Generate radiation treatment plans, develop radiation dose calculations, communicate and supervise the treatment plan implementation, and consult with members of radiation oncology team.

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Tasks

  • Advise oncology team members how beam modifying or immobilization devices should be used in radiation treatment plans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate or verify calculations of prescribed radiation doses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate the delivery of radiation treatment, such as the amount or extent of radiation per session, based on the prescribed course of radiation therapy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct radiation oncology related research, such as improving computer treatment planning systems or developing new treatment devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create and transfer reference images and localization markers for treatment delivery using image guided radiation therapy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design the arrangement of radiation fields to reduce exposure to critical patient structures, such as organs, using computers, manuals, and guides. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop radiation treatment plans in consultation with members of the radiation oncology team. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop requirements for the use of patient immobilization devices and positioning aides, such as molds or casts, as part of treatment plans to ensure accurate delivery of radiation and comfort of patient. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop treatment plans and calculate doses for brachytherapy procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Educate patients regarding treatment plans, physiological reactions to treatment, or post-treatment care. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate beam modifying devices, such as compensators, shields, and wedge filters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate patient immobilization devices, such as molds or casts, for radiation delivery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify and outline bodily structures using imaging procedures, such as x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or positron emission tomography. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load, receive, or ship radioactive materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure the amount of radioactivity in patients or equipment, using radiation monitoring devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform quality assurance system checks, such as calibrations, on treatment planning computers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan the use of beam modifying devices, such as compensators, shields, and wedge filters to ensure safe and effective delivery of radiation treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record patient information, such as radiation doses administered, in patient records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or perform simulations for tumor localizations using imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or positron emission tomography scans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach medical dosimetry, including its application, to students, radiation therapists, or residents. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze health-related data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate medical devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Make patient-assistive devices or device models. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor operational quality or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Receive shipments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research new technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other.
Employment data for Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other.
Industry data for Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other.

Median wages (2019) $20.50 hourly, $42,630 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 341,600 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Much faster than average (8% or higher) Much faster than average (8% or higher)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 27,800
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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