Radiotherapy Technologists 


Radiological technologists operate X-ray, radiographic, and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to produce anatomic images for the diagnosis of disease or injury. Radiation therapists operate linear accelerators, and cobalt-60, X-ray, and other radiation therapy equipment to administer radiation treatment prescribed by radiation oncologists.


Title Examples: Radiation therapists, Radiological technologists

Useful Secondary School subjects: English, Math, Computer-related courses, Biology, Chemistry

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: To be a medical radiation technologist, you need a two- to three-year college, hospital, school or other approved program in your area of specialization. You may specialize in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine technology or radiation therapy. You also need a period of supervised practical training. You may need a licence in the province / territory where you'll work. You must be certified by the national association Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists in all provinces except Quebec. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or instructor. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 20 have an undergraduate university degree.

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