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Career and Education Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Georgia

Georgia has a population of 9,829,211, which has grown by 20.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Peach State," Georgia's capital and largest city is Atlanta.

There are currently 3,210 jobs for respiratory therapists in Georgia and this is projected to grow by 32% to 4,220 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for respiratory therapists are expected to grow by about 20.9%. Respiratory therapists generally assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

A person working as a respiratory therapist can expect to earn about $23 hourly or $49,390 per year on average in Georgia and about $25 per hour or $52,200 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for respiratory therapists are not quite as good as in the overall category of Alternative and Specialized in Georgia, and not quite as good as the overall Alternative and Specialized category nationally. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: oxygen therapist, sleep lab technician, and respiratory therapy director.

In 2008, there were a total of 5,571,666 jobs in Georgia. The average annual income was $34,849 in 2008, up from $34,612 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 3.3% since the previous year. Roughly 24.3% of Georgia residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Georgia include motor vehicle vehicle parts merchant wholesalers, automobile motor vehicle merchant wholesalers, and textile product mills. Notable tourist attractions include the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Herndon Home Museum.

CITIES WITH Respiratory Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Georgia


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 Georgia 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.
  • Cardiac Technician. Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary-functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
  • Certified Prosthetist. Assist patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spine or with partial or total absence of limb by fitting and preparing orthopedic braces or prostheses.
  • Chiropractor. Adjust spinal column and other articulations of the body to correct abnormalities of the human body believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system. Examine patient to determine nature and extent of disorder. Manipulate spine or other involved area. May utilize supplementary measures, such as exercise, rest, and nutritional therapy.
  • 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.
  • 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: Georgia

Georgia
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Georgia has a population of 9,829,211, which has grown by 20.07% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Peach State," Georgia's capital and largest city is Atlanta. In 2008, there were a total of 5,571,666 jobs in Georgia. The average annual income was $34,849 in 2008, up from $34,612 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Georgia was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 3.3% since the previous year. Roughly 24.3% of Georgia residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Georgia include motor vehicle vehicle parts merchant wholesalers, automobile motor vehicle merchant wholesalers, and textile product mills. Notable tourist destinations include the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and the Herndon Home Museum.