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Career and Education Opportunities for Radiation Therapists in Georgia

Georgia has a population of 9,829,211, which has grown by 20.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Peach State," Georgia's capital and most populous city is Atlanta.

About 490 people are currently employed as radiation therapists in Georgia. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 37% to about 670 people employed. This is better than the national trend for radiation therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 27.1% over the next eight years. In general, radiation therapists provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards.

A person working as a radiation therapist can expect to earn about $29 hourly or $62,120 per year on average in Georgia and about $35 hourly or $72,910 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for radiation therapists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Radiology in Georgia and not quite as good as general Radiology category earnings nationally. Radiation therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: radiation therapy technician, computed tomography simulation therapist , and staff radiation therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,571,666 jobs in Georgia. The average annual income was $34,849 in 2008, up from $34,612 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 3.3% since the previous year. About 24.3% of Georgia residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Georgia include motor vehicle vehicle parts merchant wholesalers, automobile motor vehicle merchant wholesalers, and textile product mills. Notable tourist destinations include the Imagine It the Children's Musem of Atlanta, the Herndon Home Museum, and the Atlanta History Center.

CITIES WITH Radiation Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Georgia


JOB DESCRIPTION: Radiation Therapist

Radiation Therapist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, radiation therapists provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. They also duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files.

Every day, radiation therapists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Georgia include:

  • Cardiac Technician. Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary-functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
  • Dental Hygienist. Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
  • Emergency Medical Technician. Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
  • Radiological Technician. Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
  • Radiology Technologist. Take x-rays and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT) scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other modalities, such as computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance.
  • Surgical Technician. Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, and help count sponges, needles, and instruments.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Georgia

Georgia
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Georgia has a population of 9,829,211, which has grown by 20.07% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Peach State," Georgia's capital and largest city is Atlanta. In 2008, there were a total of 5,571,666 jobs in Georgia. The average annual income was $34,849 in 2008, up from $34,612 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 3.3% since the previous year. Roughly 24.3% of Georgia residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Georgia include motor vehicle vehicle parts merchant wholesalers, automobile motor vehicle merchant wholesalers, and textile product mills. Notable tourist destinations include the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Herndon Home Museum.