Are you equally comfortable around people and machines? Do you hope for a career helping others in difficult circumstances?
Radiation therapists use a machine to treat cancer patients, but working with the machine is only part of the job. As a radiation therapist, your role in the struggle against disease involves other duties as well. For example, you'll work with doctors and others to come up with a plan for shrinking or getting rid of tumors. Communicating with and supporting your patients is another key part of the job description.
Radiation therapists operate linear accelerators -- machines that project x-rays -- to treat cancer.
Most radiation therapists work in hospitals.
Caring, articulate, organized, and confident. You'll be working one-on-one with patients who may be anxious and fearful, and you'll need to guide them through a difficult procedure.
You'll probably need to be licensed by the state you work in. You may also need to be certified by the ARRT, which could mean attending an ARRT-accredited degree program and passing a test.