Radiation therapist

Operate linear accelerators, cobalt 60, X-ray and other radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists

Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation

Assist radiation oncologists and clinical physicists with preparation of radiation treatment plan

Assist in the preparation of sealed radioactive materials such as cobalt, radium, cesium and isotopes and the construction of devices such as plaster casts and acrylic moulds to assist with administration of radiation treatment

Provide appropriate care and monitoring of the patient’s physical and psychological well-being during the entire course of treatment
Explain procedures and side effects of radiation

May train and supervise student radiotherapy technologists or supervise other radiotherapy technologists.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$39.56 – $44.13

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$77,147 – $86,046

Medical radiation technologists (3215)

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Completion of a bachelor of health sciences in radiation therapy and a period of supervised practical training is required.
Licensure with a regulatory body is required in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
Membership with a provincial association is required in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba.
Certification by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists is required in all provinces except Quebec and British Columbia.

The employment outlook is good in most provinces. More information is available here

With time on the job, radiation therapists may advance to senior therapist roles. With further education and time, they may move into management, research, teaching, or advanced practice.

Radiation Therapy- BSc (University of Alberta)
Radiation Therapy- BSc (BCIT)
Joint Diploma/BSc in Radiation Therapy (University of Winnipeg)
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Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, team player, responsible with a high degree of integrity, great customer service skills, sensitive to the needs of clients, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills. Strong communication ability; good organizational and time management skills; ability to work independently; team-oriented; inquisitive; willingness to learn; flexible

Should enjoy-
• Having procedures and standards for their work.
• Compiling data for research and statistics.
• Working with the public Strength required- lift over 20 kg.

Cancer treatment centers
Radiological laboratories
Colleges and Universities

Admission into a medical radiation therapy program is required.
May need to take some courses on medical physics and mathematics to facilitate admission. Having previous experience/education on radiation oncology back home may help improve the profile for admission.