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Medical Dosimetrist

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To be a successful Medical Dosimetrist you should…

  • work well under stressful conditions while maintaining a high level of concentration
  • be committed to life-long learning

What will my job be like?

Medical dosimetrists are vital members of the radiation therapy team. Medical dosimetry is the measurement and calculation of dosage for the treatment of cancer patients. After a tumor is located in a patient, dosimetrists use the physician’s instructions to calculate the radiation dosage. Dosimetrists explain procedures to patients and then fit patients with devices to keep them comfortable and immobile during treatment. They may also be involved in research and the development of new therapy techniques.


Where could I work?

Medical dosimetrists work in hospitals, cancer treatment centers, and medical research labs.


What is the average annual salary?

$126,800


What is the future of this career?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifies medical dosimetrists under the career title radiation therapists, and

Projects growth from 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for radiation therapists may stem from the aging population and advances in radiation therapies.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Training varies depending on previous experience. Radiation therapists may train on the job for 12 months under the supervision of a medical dosimetrist, medical physicist, or radiation oncologist, followed by a year of practical, supervised experience.

College graduates train for two years under the supervision of a medical dosimetrist, medical physicist, or radiation oncologist.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Radiographer licensure is required in the state of Connecticut.  Successful completion of a course of study in radiologic technology in an accredited program; successful completion of the examination in Radiographer or Radiation Therapy Technology of the AART.


Where can I get more information?

 

American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
2201 Cooperative Way, Suite 600
Herndon, VA   20171
703-677-8071
www.medicaldosimetry.org

 

 


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