Honestly, few people in the medical field anticipated this void. It was widely assumed that there would be a large influx of students enrolling in Radiation Therapy Schools, receiving their certification and then making their way into careers that were professionally rewarding. However, that hasn’t happened thus far.
Why aren’t more qualified men and women looking into this gratifying field? A lot has to do with misinformation concerning a radiation therapy career.
First and foremost, acquiring a radiation therapy certification is not for those who do not value education.
The educational requirements are tough, but as with anything of value, the reward far exceeds the time, money and effort one would need to put forth. The misinformation surfaces when potential students are convinced that this is just another boring job, not worth the educational investment.
Nothing could be farther o the truth! Another aspect of misinformation is the time required to become certified. Typically, an Associate’s Degree, (which you can acquire in two years) will provide you with the schooling you need to become certified. As a result, you don’t need to spend four years preparing for your career.
Nevertheless, as with most medical careers, there will be CE, Continuing Education that you may be required to participate in. But, that is par for the course in this career path. Duly note: there are some programs that allow students to get certified in 1-year, but they are not really recommended.
Another aspect of misinformation concerning radiation therapy careers, is the rumors that there are no jobs available. One only needs to peruse jobs sites such as: Indeed.com, Linkedin.com, Monster.com, Simplyhired.com, Careerbuilder.com, Beyond.com as well as other employment websites. As you will learn, there is an endless list of openings.
The final aspect of misinformation relates to the pay. Like any other source of distorted truth, it is hard to determine where these low paying rumors started.
Let’s take a closer look at certified therapists and what their average earnings are.