Medical Radiation Therapists
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.
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.
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Medical Imaging Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 73% of people employed as Medical Radiation Therapists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 7 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Medical Radiation Therapists work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Medical Radiation Therapists||All Jobs Average|
Around 68% of Medical Radiation Therapists live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
- Melbourne - Inner
- Brisbane - South
- Melbourne - North East
- Melbourne - West.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Medical Radiation Therapists is 34 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 75% of the workforce. This is 27 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Medical Radiation Therapists||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||0.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in radiation therapy is needed to work as a Medical Radiation Therapist. Some workers have a postgraduate qualification.
Registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia is required.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Medical Radiation Therapists||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||20.6||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
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.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
50%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Teaching people how to do something.
48%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
45%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
41%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
76%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
60%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
59%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
59%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
56%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
38%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
36%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
34%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
34%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
33%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
31%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are far away.
45%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
85%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
83%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
82%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
78%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
77%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
76%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
75%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
75%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
72%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
72%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
71%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
71%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
65%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
65%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
64%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
62%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
61%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
60%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
59%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
58%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
99%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
98%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
97%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
96%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
94%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
91%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
91%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Work to strict deadlines.
88%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Work with people in a group or team.
86%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
83%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
83%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
80%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
79%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
78%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
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