MBTI® Test ESFP Radiation Therapists

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Realistic, Conventional (SRC) (GOT)

According to Hammer (1996), Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) MBTI Types excel in fields that allow them to help others by using medical or scientific knowledge. They also generally have sharp visualization skills, and can make people feel comfortable even in trying situations. While these talents and tendencies may seem disjointed, they actually together can make ESFP MBTI Types well suited as radiation therapists.

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Radiation therapists administer prescribed doses of radiation to parts of the body that are designated by physicians, and position patients in ways that the radiation can have the maximum effect. They then update patients’ charts and medical records to reflect the type and amount of therapy they received, as well as any possible reactions or side effects they may have experienced, such as nausea, skin irritation, or hair loss. In some cases, radiation therapists may even be responsible for calculating the exact amounts of treatment patients need. Throughout this process, radiation therapists also provide support to patients and their families, keeping them updated and informed about the treatment process as well as any results. They may also do scheduling or resolve other logistical issues involved with the treatment process

Radiation therapists use a variety of different kinds of tools and technologies, including automated external defibrillators (AEDs), radiation machines, medical radiation dosimeters (dose monitors), positioning aids (e.g., beam detection sheaths), medical radiological masks or aprons, radiation detectors, etc. In terms of software, they may have to use image processing software, which often integrates with the hardware described above, to display images taken to patients or to other treatment staff members. Other kinds of medical software may include electronic medical record (EMR) software, radiation dose calculation software, and others. These days, internet browser, word processing, and email software are ubiquitous, so a working knowledge of these is indispensable as well.

In order to successfully complete their jobs, radiation therapists require a solid foundation in medicine or dentistry, physics, mathematics, and the biological and natural sciences. Furthermore, they need proficiency in the English language, as well as in other languages shared by their patients or fellow staff members. Finally, they need to be comfortable working with other people, need a professional knowledge of customer and personal service, and need enough of a legal background to understand regulations (e.g., HIPPA) to which they are subject as medical professionals.

Most radiation therapists (almost 90%) hold either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. The remainder completed a certificate program after earning a high school diploma. In most cases, they also have some level of vocational experience or training as well.

Below are some employment trends for Radiation Therapists:

  • Median wage: $38.51 hourly, $80,090 annually
  • Employment: 19,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Much faster than average (22% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 8,400

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ESFP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Barista, Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks, Dental Hygienist, Mail Clerk and Mail Machine Operator, Medical Assistant, Municipal Clerk, Nanny, Radiation Therapist, Statement Clerk and Surgical Technologists.

 

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References:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)