CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Radiation Therapists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.
 
Position patients for treatment with accuracy according to prescription.
 
Enter data into computer and set controls to operate and adjust equipment and regulate dosage.
 
Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.
 
Maintain records, reports and files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings and patients' reactions.
 
Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.
 
Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.
 
Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
 
Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.
 
Check for side effects such as skin irritation, nausea and hair loss to assess patients' reaction to treatment.
 
Educate, prepare and reassure patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions and post-treatment care.
 
Calculate actual treatment dosages delivered during each session.
 
Prepare and construct equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices.
 
Photograph treated area of patient and process film.
 
Help physicians, radiation oncologists and clinical physicists to prepare physical and technical aspects of radiation treatment plans, using information about patient condition and anatomy.
 
Train and supervise student or subordinate radiotherapy technologists.
 
Act as liaison with physicist and supportive care personnel.
 
Provide assistance to other health care personnel during dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.
 
Implement appropriate follow-up care plans.
 
Store, sterilize, or prepare the special applicators containing the radioactive substance implanted by the physician.
 
Assist in the preparation of sealed radioactive materials, such as cobalt, radium, cesium and isotopes, for use in radiation treatments.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
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.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
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).
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Beam analysis software Medical software
 
Dose unit calculation software Medical software
 
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Image processing software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Lifeline Software RadCalc Medical software
 
Nucletron planning systems Medical software
 
Procedure scheduling software Medical software
 
Radiation dose calculation software Medical software
 
Radiation therapy equipment software Medical software
 
Sun Nuclear MapCHECK Medical software
 
Treatment planning software Medical software
 
Virtual simulation software Medical software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
35 millimeter cameras Still cameras
 
Area radiation monitors Radiation detectors
 
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Band saws Power saws
 
Beam direction shells Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Body-fat calipers Skinfold calipers
 
Brachytherapy units Brachytherapy units
 
Cobalt radiation therapy machines Radiotherapy teletherapy cobalt 60 equipment
 
Computed tomography CT radiation therapy planning simulators Computed tomography CT or CAT radiotherapy simulators
 
Computed tomography CT scanners Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes
 
Computerized block cutting equipment Milling cutters
 
Daylight medical film processing equipment Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Dual diode dosimeter patient dose monitors Medical radiation dosimeters
 
Dynamic phantoms Phantom dosimeters
 
Electrometers Electrometers
 
Heat guns Heat guns
 
Immobilizing bite blocks Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Laboratory water baths Water baths
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Lead alloy shielding blocks Medical radiological shielding freestanding or portable screens
 
Linear accelerator compensation filters Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators
 
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
 
Medical diagnostic x ray equipment Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
Medical imaging fluoroscopes Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment
 
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators
 
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT three dimensional units Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT three dimensional units
 
Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT two dimensional units Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT two dimensional units
 
Medical x ray image intensifiers Medical x ray intensifying screens
 
Multi-leaf radiation therapy collimators Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators
 
Multi-monitor dosimetry systems Medical radiation dosimeters
 
Optical distance indicators Distance meters
 
Patient positioning devices Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Patient positioning headrests Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Patient positioning neck rests Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Patient positioning straps Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Patient treatment area casts Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use
 
Personal radiation monitors Medical radiation films or badges
 
Position verification lasers Lasers
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Protective medical gloves Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves
 
Radiation protection eyewear Eye shields
 
Radiation shielding lead aprons Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Radiation therapy beam directing wedges Medical linear accelerator intensity modulated radiation therapy IMRT collimators
 
Respiration monitors Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories
 
Solid state diode detectors Radiation detectors
 
Survey meters Radiation detectors
 
Thyroid shields Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes
 
Treatment room intercoms Hospital intercom systems
 
Treatment verification equipment Medical positron emission tomography PET units
 
Ultrasound imaging scanners Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use
 
Vacuum formers Vacuum molding machines
 
Wireless patient dosimeters Medical radiation dosimeters
 
Wood chisels Wood chisels
 
Workshop lathes Lathes
 
X ray or fluoroscopy treatment planning simulators X ray and fluoroscopy RF radiotherapy planning simulators
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Computed Tomography Simulation Therapist (CT Simulation Therapist)
Dosimetrist
Radiation Therapist
Radiation Therapy Technician
Radiation Therapy Technologist (RTT)
Radiologic Therapist
Radiology Therapist
Registered Radiation Therapist
Staff Radiation Therapist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Radiation Therapists
 
 
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