Radiation Technologist

Radiation technologists  operate radiographic and radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment and produce images of body structures for the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease.  Radiation therapists are key members of cancer treatment teams. More than half of all cancer patients receive radiation treatments, which may be given in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Radiation therapists use focused beams of radiation to destroy tumours, while minimizing harm to healthy tissues. Alternatively, treatment may involve placing radioactive sources directly into the patient's body. Therapists are also involved in the treatment planning aspects of cancer therapy involving radiation, following the prescription of a physician specializing in cancer treatment (radiation oncologist). They counsel patients on possible side effects from treatment and providing advice on how to minimize them. Radiation therapists are employed in hospitals, cancer treatment centres, clinics and radiological laboratories.

Skills Required

  • must have effective communication styles along with an acute sense of responsibility, good judgement, patience and self-discipline.
  • detail oriented and accuracy
  • sensitive to patients’ needs yet efficient
  • high responsibility to proper diagnosis
  • comfortable to work with high tech equipment

Education/Training Required

Bachelor of Health Science- BHSc (Radiological Technologist)

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University
University of New Brunswick
University of Prince Edward Island

Average Starting Salary
$43,680

Growth Rate
Good

Education Required
4 years