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Radiation Therapy Vacancy Rates Slightly Increase

Aug 17, 2018

Vacancy rates for radiation therapists rose in 2018, according to the ASRT Radiation Therapy Staffing and Workplace Survey 2018.

Survey results showed that the vacancy rate for radiation therapists rose to 3.2 percent in 2018, up from 2.9 percent in 2016. Vacancy rates in medical dosimetry fell from 3.5 percent to 2.4 percent over the same period. Vacancy rates represent the percent of positions that are open and actively being recruited.

“Caution should be employed when interpreting this data,” said ASRT Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(QM), CIIP, CAE. “Even though this slight increase in vacancy rates for radiation therapy is similar to an increase we saw last year, it may not necessarily indicate a sustained trend. ASRT will conduct the survey again in 2020 to determine if rates continue to rise.”

The staffing survey also provides information about the average number of full-time radiation therapists and medical dosimetrists working in medical facilities. Results show that the average number of budgeted positions per facility in therapy rose from 7.3 in 2016 to 7.7 in 2018. Over the same period, the number of budgeted positions for medical dosimetrists edged up slightly from 2.2 in 2016 to 2.5 in 2018.

In addition to staffing and vacancy information, ASRT asked about facility and personnel demographics, equipment use and questions related to staff turnover.

The ASRT conducts staffing surveys each year, alternating between the medical imaging and radiation therapy practice areas, to monitor workplace and hiring trends in the radiologic sciences. In June 2018, ASRT emailed the Radiation Therapy Staffing and Workplace Survey to 1,541 managers at U.S. radiation therapy facilities. At the close of the survey in July 2018, 138 respondents submitted completed questionnaires.

The Radiation Therapy Workplace and Staffing Survey has been completed eight times since it was launched in 2005. The complete survey is available free of charge for ASRT members.

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