Radiation therapists are involved in all aspects of care of the cancer patient. A high level of skill is required to serve the emotional as well as the physical needs of the patient since many are seriously ill and under stress. In addition to maintaining pleasant, positive relationships with their patients, radiation therapists must be able to interact effectively with physicians and with the therapy team.
Students accepted into the Radiation Therapy Program come from many different backgrounds and are motivated by many different factors. A few of the personality traits that lead to success in the program are:
Based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment of radiation therapists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 4,500 new jobs over the 10-year period. The growing elderly population is expected to cause an increase in the number of people needing treatment. In addition, as radiation technology becomes safer and more effective, it will be prescribed more often. These factors combined with the retirement of current therapists will result in an increase in demand for radiation therapists. Rapid growth is expected in all practice settings with most radiation therapists working in cancer treatment clinics and hospitals. Some of these are research hospitals dedicated specifically to the care and treatment of the cancer patient. With a strong commitment from the medical community for early detection and early cure, and with evolutionary advancements in technology, future prospects for this career choice are above average.
Bergen Community College
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Paramus, NJ 07652