Radiation therapists are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, radiation therapists rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 48% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy radiation therapists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Phlebotomist
3.3
$37k
Physical therapist
3.3
$96k
Paramedic
3.3
$35k
Internist
3.3
$194k
Radiation therapist
3.2
$83k
Community health worker
3.2
$47k
Medical assistant
3.2
$37k
Anesthesiologist assistant
3.2
$122k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are radiation therapists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do radiation therapists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as radiation therapists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are radiation therapist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are radiation therapists making the best use of their abilities?

Are radiation therapists happy with their salary?

Radiation therapists rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.6/5. The majority of radiation therapists are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked radiation therapists how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

38 radiation therapists

5 Star
21%

21% of radiation therapists rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
42%

42% of radiation therapists rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of radiation therapists rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of radiation therapists rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of radiation therapists rated their compensation 1 stars

Do radiation therapists find their jobs meaningful?

On average, radiation therapists rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.7/5. Unlike many careers, radiation therapists have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become radiation therapists.

We asked radiation therapists how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

38 radiation therapists

5 Star
37%

37% of radiation therapists rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
21%

21% of radiation therapists rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of radiation therapists rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of radiation therapists rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of radiation therapists rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as radiation therapists?

Radiation therapists rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of radiation therapists find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked radiation therapists how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

42 radiation therapists

5 Star
50%

50% of radiation therapists rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of radiation therapists rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
7%

7% of radiation therapists rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of radiation therapists rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of radiation therapists rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a radiation therapist’s work environment?

As a whole, radiation therapists rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.7/5. A solid majority of radiation therapists enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a radiation therapist.

We asked radiation therapists how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

43 radiation therapists

5 Star
30%

30% of radiation therapists rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
28%

28% of radiation therapists rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of radiation therapists rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of radiation therapists rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of radiation therapists rated their work environment 1 stars

Are radiation therapists making the best use of their abilities?

Former radiation therapists on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.4/5. Most radiation therapists surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a radiation therapist, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked radiation therapists how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

43 radiation therapists

5 Star
21%

21% of radiation therapists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of radiation therapists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
14%

14% of radiation therapists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of radiation therapists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of radiation therapists rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars