Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy is about training to be a radiation therapist.

A radiation therapist uses radiation to treat diseases, mainly cancer (oncology) – by controlling or killing malignant cells in patients' bodies.

Training as a radiation therapist involves learning about anatomy and cell biology, and about radiation technology and therapy and oncology.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Private-practice medical radiation therapist
  • Hospital medical radiation therapist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Equipment technician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

214% of national
median earnings


Employment

73%
Employed
0%
Unemployed
19%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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