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Career and Education Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Colorado

Colorado has a population of 5,024,748, which has grown by 16.82% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Centennial State," Colorado's capital and largest city is Denver.

Currently, 1,220 people work as respiratory therapists in Colorado. This is expected to grow 37% to 1,670 people by 2016. This is better than the national trend for respiratory therapists, which sees this job pool growing by about 20.9% over the next eight years. Respiratory therapists generally assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

Respiratory therapists earn about $25 hourly or $52,450 annually on average in Colorado and about $25 per hour or $52,200 per year on average nationally. Earnings for respiratory therapists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Alternative and Specialized in Colorado and not quite as good as general Alternative and Specialized category earnings nationally. People working as respiratory therapists can fill a number of jobs, such as: inhalation therapist, oxygen therapist, and registered respiratory therapist .

In 2008, there were a total of 3,285,413 jobs in Colorado. The average annual income was $43,021 in 2008, up from $42,449 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Colorado was 7.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 32.7% of Colorado residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Colorado include professional equipment merchant wholesalers, computer peripheral equipment merchant wholesalers, and repair. Notable tourist destinations include the Historic Denver Inc, the Four Mile Historic Park, and the Collections Research for Museums.

CITIES WITH Respiratory Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Colorado


JOB DESCRIPTION: Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, respiratory therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. They also assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians.

Every day, respiratory therapists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Colorado include:

  • Audiologist. Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.
  • Dental Hygienist. Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop X-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.
  • Dentist. Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums and related oral structures. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting vitality of teeth.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse. Care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
  • Pharmacist. Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.
  • Physical Therapist. Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, and decrease or prevent deformity of patients suffering from disease or injury.
  • Physician Assistant. Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
  • Radiological Technician. Maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
  • Radiology Technologist. Take x-rays and Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT) scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other modalities, such as computed tomography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance.
  • Speech and Language Teacher. Assess and treat persons with speech, language, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.
  • Surgical Technician. Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, and help count sponges, needles, and instruments.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Colorado

Colorado
Colorado photo by Wayne L. Bart

Colorado has a population of 5,024,748, which has grown by 16.82% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Centennial State," Colorado's capital and most populous city is Denver. In 2008, there were a total of 3,285,413 jobs in Colorado. The average annual income was $43,021 in 2008, up from $42,449 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Colorado was 7.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 32.7% of Colorado residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Colorado include professional equipment merchant wholesalers, computer peripheral equipment merchant wholesalers, and repair. Notable tourist destinations include the Fine and Dandy Gourmet Baskets & Gifts, the Denver City & County Government, and the Friends of Historic FT Logan.