Radiation Oncologists provide medical care and management of patients with cancer and other medical conditions through the conduct and supervision of radiation treatment, and provide advice on the provision of palliative and other supportive care of patients with cancer.

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to specialise as a Radiation Oncologist. Many Radiation Oncologists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Examines internal structures and functions of organ systems, and considers x-ray findings and other examinations and tests.
    • Makes diagnoses and advises patients, physicians, surgeons or other doctors.
    • Administers radiopaque substances by injection, orally, or as enemas, to render internal structures and organs visible on x-ray films or fluoroscope screens.
    • Conducts ultrasound, gamma camera, radioisotope scans and CT scanning.

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    Radiation Oncologists

    • 250 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 47% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Radiation Oncologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 170 in 2011 to 250 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Radiation Oncologists work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 47% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.2
    Public Administration and Safety2.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateRadiation OncologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW41.531.6
    VIC22.025.6
    QLD19.920.0
    SA6.17.0
    WA5.310.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT4.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketRadiation OncologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.0-9.39.3
    25-3426.4-22.922.9
    35-4437.2-22.022.0
    45-5420.5-21.621.6
    55-599.3-9.09.0
    60-643.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationRadiation OncologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate50.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree49.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to specialise as a Radiation Oncologist. Many Radiation Oncologists complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      76% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Psychology

      63% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    3. Computers and electronics

      60% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Education and training

      59% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Medicine and dentistry

      59% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      99% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Physically close to people

      98% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      97% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Disease or infection

      96% Important

      Be exposed to disease or infections.

    5. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

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