Medical Radiation Therapists operate high energy X-rays and other radiation and electron generating and monitoring equipment, to administer radiation treatment for medical purposes in conjunction with Radiation Oncologists or Other Specialist Medical Practitioners.

    A bachelor degree in radiation therapy is needed to work as a Medical Radiation Therapist. Some Medical Radiation Therapists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Receives referrals to perform radiation treatment of patients.
    • Determines appropriate equipment to use.
    • Calculates details of procedures such as length and intensity of exposure to radiation, size and strength of dosage of isotopes and settings of recording equipment.
    • Explains procedures to patients and answers patients' queries about processes.
    • Ensures patients welfare during procedures.
    • Positions patients, screens and equipment preparatory to procedures.
    • Conveys findings of procedures to medical practitioners.

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    • $2,354 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Medical Radiation Therapists

    • 1,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 75% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Medical Radiation Therapists (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,600 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Medical Radiation Therapists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 75% 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 Assistance96.7
    Public Administration and Safety2.8
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMedical Radiation TherapistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.831.6
    VIC26.225.6
    QLD21.320.0
    SA6.37.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS2.82.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT2.51.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMedical Radiation TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-249.1-9.39.3
    25-3445.1-22.922.9
    35-4426.0-22.022.0
    45-5411.6-21.621.6
    55-595.4-9.09.0
    60-642.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationMedical Radiation TherapistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate20.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree69.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.7-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in radiation therapy is needed to work as a Medical Radiation Therapist. Some Medical Radiation Therapists complete postgraduate studies.

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

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • radiation licence

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    Employers look for Medical Imaging Professionals 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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    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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    1. Contact With Others

      99% Important

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    2. Physical Proximity

      98% Important

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    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      97% Important

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    4. Exposed to Disease or Infections

      96% Important

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    5. Electronic Mail

      94% Important

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