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Career and Education Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Hawaii

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and most populous city is Honolulu.

There are currently 300 working respiratory therapists in Hawaii; this should grow by 17% to 350 working respiratory therapists in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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 approximately $28 per hour or $58,990 annually on average in Hawaii. Nationally they average about $25 per hour or $52,200 per year. Incomes for respiratory therapists are better than in the overall category of Alternative and Specialized in Hawaii, and not quite as good as the overall Alternative and Specialized category nationally. Jobs in this field include: sleep lab technician, respiratory therapist , and respiratory therapy director.

In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist destinations include the Iolani Palace, the Hawaii Children's Museum, and the The Contemporary Museum.

CITIES WITH Respiratory Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Hawaii


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 Hawaii 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sports Trainer. Evaluate, advise, and treat athletes to assist recovery from injury, avoid injury, or maintain peak physical fitness.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hawaii

Hawaii
Hawaii photo by Christopher P. Becker

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and biggest city is Honolulu. In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Iolani Palace, the Academy of Arts Honolulu, and the The Contemporary Museum.