Radiotherapy technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Radiotherapy technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an Radiotherapy technician earn

A Radiotherapy technician earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Radiotherapy technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.

What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.

Functions and activities of Radiotherapy technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • advise patient;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • plan attendance;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • plan care;
  • planning attendance;
  • work with biosafety;
  • guide patient;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • guide the patient;
  • communicate;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • advise the patient;
  • planar attendance;
  • orient patient;
  • care plan;
  • planner attendance;
  • work with biosafety;
  • working with biosafety;
  • planning service;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • planned attendance;
  • planejar service;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;

  • Activities

    • organizing work team;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • wearing;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • complementary examination;
    • operate equipment;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • organize work team;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • identify exam;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • make exam results available;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • move portable equipment;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • perform searches;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • empower technical staff;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • document exams;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • develop new technologies;
    • participate in area events;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • initialize equipment;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • adjust equipment;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • interview patient;
    • handle contrast media;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • provide advice;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • transmit security;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • educate technical staff;
    • install equipment;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • check equipment;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • clear doubts;
    • perform breast support;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • edit images;
    • select material for exam;
    • work as a team;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • log data;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • distribute tasks;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • get patient information;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • request material replacement;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • record performed exams;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • making molds and models;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • report;
    • work under pressure;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;

    Sectors that hire Radiotherapy technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights

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