Radiation therapists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
15.2k
Average Age
42.1
Estimated Job Growth
7.57%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$82,337
Average Male Salary
$93,909
Average Female Salary
$77,285

About

Radiation therapists are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Radiation therapists was $82,337 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Radiation therapists by wage are Compliance officers, Advertising sales agents, and Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Radiation therapists are Sacramento City (Central/Downtown & Midtown) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Radiation therapists are Sacramento City (Central/Downtown & Midtown) PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Radiation therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Radiation therapists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Radiation therapists, by average wage, is Other health care services. Radiation therapists are paid most in Dothan City PUMA, AL but are relatively concentrated in Sacramento City (Central/Downtown & Midtown) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$82,337
AVERAGE SALARY
± $8,490

In 2020, Radiation therapists earned an average of $82,337, $26,383 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Compliance officers make somewhat more than Radiation therapists while Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Radiation therapists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.238
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Radiation therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.238, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Radiation therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Radiation therapists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Radiation therapists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Radiation therapists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

15.2k
2020 Workforce
± 3,026
−4.89%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 29.3%

The number of people employed as Radiation therapists has been declining at a rate of −4.89%, from 15,969 people in 2019 to 15,188 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Radiation therapists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Radiation therapists at  63.1%, followed by Offices of physicians with 19% and Outpatient care centers with 9.17%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Radiation therapists in the US. The average age of male Radiation therapists in the workforce is 44 and of female Radiation therapists is 41.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Radiation therapists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

4.62k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,668
10.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,524

69.6% of Radiation therapists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Radiation therapists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Radiation therapists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

76.5% of Radiation therapists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.53% of Radiation therapists, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Radiation therapists.

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Age by Sex

44
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4.12
41.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.66

The median age of Radiation therapists is 42.1, and Male employees are generally 2.69 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Radiation therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Radiation therapists is Health but a relatively high number of Radiation therapists hold a major in Science Technologies.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Radiation therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Radiation therapists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Radiation therapists need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Equipment Maintenance, and Operation and Control.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Radiation Therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Radiation Therapists are expected to see a growth of 7.57% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

7.57%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Radiation Therapists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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