Experience Requirements Overview

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
  • Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
  • Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
  • Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Analyze health-related data.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Research new technologies.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images.
  • Create advanced digital images of patients using computer imaging systems.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Make patient-assistive devices or device models.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Load materials or equipment.
  • Receive shipments.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
  • Monitor operational quality or safety.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Tasks

  • Advise oncology team members on use of beam modifying or immobilization devices in radiation treatment plans.
  • Calculate, or verify calculations of, prescribed radiation doses.
  • Calculate the delivery of radiation treatment, such as the amount or extent of radiation per session, based on the prescribed course of radiation therapy.
  • Conduct radiation oncology-related research, such as improving computer treatment planning systems or developing new treatment devices.
  • Create and transfer reference images and localization markers for treatment delivery, using image-guided radiation therapy.
  • Design the arrangement of radiation fields to reduce exposure to critical patient structures, such as organs, using computers, manuals, and guides.
  • Develop radiation treatment plans in consultation with members of the radiation oncology team.
  • Develop requirements for the use of patient immobilization devices and positioning aides, such as molds or casts, as part of treatment plans to ensure accurate delivery of radiation and comfort of patient.
  • Develop treatment plans, and calculate doses for brachytherapy procedures.
  • Educate patients regarding treatment plans, physiological reactions to treatment, or post-treatment care.
  • Fabricate beam modifying devices, such as compensators, shields, and wedge filters.
  • Fabricate patient immobilization devices, such as molds or casts, for radiation delivery.
  • Identify and outline bodily structures, using imaging procedures, such as x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or positron emission tomography.
  • Load, receive, or ship radioactive materials.
  • Measure the amount of radioactivity in patients or equipment, using radiation monitoring devices.
  • Perform quality assurance system checks, such as calibrations, on treatment planning computers.
  • Plan the use of beam modifying devices, such as compensators, shields, and wedge filters, to ensure safe and effective delivery of radiation treatment.
  • Record patient information, such as radiation doses administered, in patient records.
  • Supervise or perform simulations for tumor localizations, using imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or positron emission tomography scans.
  • Teach medical dosimetry, including its application, to students, radiation therapists, or residents.

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