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Cancer Registrars

Tips for Entry

Get certified. It will give you an edge over other applicants. While not mandated by all employers, the status of having the certification increases your likelihood of obtaining employment and increased income.

A strong background in biology, physiology, or anatomy is helpful in being a cancer registrar. If this wasn't your primary focus when attending high school or college, take classes at a local community college to enhance your knowledge.

Do your research on available registry jobs in your area by searching hospital and cancer center Web sites, the job bank of the NCRA, as well as Web sites listing available employment such as,, and

Attend a conference or program sponsored by the NCRA or your state organization to obtain more information and network with others who are interested and active in the field. To learn more, visit the NCRA Web site at:

Brush up on your computer skills. Data processing is a key element of the cancer registry.