Medical radiation physicists are highly specialized medical professionals who work alongside doctors in the planning and delivery of various radiation treatments. They have dosimetrists working below them who help to customize each treatment plan to ensure the most effective results for patients. They are responsible for creating and maintaining quality control programs and directing their teams in order to administer the most successful treatment possible. They also monitor the equipment and take precise measurements of the characteristics of radiation beams to test for safety.
A medical radiation physicist's job will typically include dosimetry, quality control, treatment planning and other important tasks. There are medical radiation physicists working in hospitals, cancer clinics, treatment centres, laboratories and many other settings. Some even work in industrial/research institutions as Radiological Safety Officers.