Newly graduated RNs in large cities are having difficulties finding employment, Denver included. Employment for RNs is more available in smaller communities and rural areas. This is because of the economic crisis and a significant migration of people into health care. The demand for radiation therapy technologists has always been cyclical. This is because radiation therapy is a very specialized field of allied health. Expansion of radiation oncology clinics requires millions of dollars. Hospital CEOs and Directors are hesitant to spend this kind of money unless they can see a ROI (Return on Investment) within three to four years. Uncertainty in the reimbursement schemes of the next four to five years doensn't exactly encourage investments in radiation oncology.
However--many working Therapists are reaching retirement age, like the rest of the country. Also, like the rest of the country, many people are reaching the age that will require more health care services, including oncology. You must factor in the Affordable Care Act. You weigh the odds that the US Supreme Court will declare this law constitutional or otherwise in 2012. If you make your decision to go into radiation therapy, contact me, I'm faculty at the Community College of Denver, which has a radiation therapy program.
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