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Career and Education Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Maryland

Maryland has a population of 5,699,478, which has grown by 7.61% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Old Line State," its capital is Annapolis, though its biggest city is Baltimore.

Currently, 1,750 people work as respiratory therapists in Maryland. This is expected to grow by 46% to 2,550 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.

A person working as a respiratory therapist can expect to earn about $29 hourly or $61,960 annually on average in Maryland and about $25 per hour or $52,200 yearly 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 Maryland, and not quite as good as the overall Alternative and Specialized category nationally. People working as respiratory therapists can fill a number of jobs, such as: sleep lab technician, director of cardiopulmonary services, and inhalation therapist.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,471,985 jobs in Maryland. The average annual income was $48,164 in 2008, up from $46,922 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Maryland was 7.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 31.4% of Maryland residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Maryland include engineering services, radio broadcasting communications equipment manufacturing, and photofinishing. Notable tourist destinations include the Museum Hall, the Maryland Art Place Inc, and the Preservation Society.

CITIES WITH Respiratory Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Maryland


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

Maryland
Maryland photo by Abhijit Tembhekar

Maryland has a population of 5,699,478, which has grown by 7.61% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Old Line State," its capital is Annapolis, though its largest city is Baltimore. In 2008, there were a total of 3,471,985 jobs in Maryland. The average annual income was $48,164 in 2008, up from $46,922 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Maryland was 7.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 31.4% of Maryland residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Maryland include engineering services, radio broadcasting communications equipment manufacturing, and photofinishing. Notable tourist attractions include the Dorfman Museum Figures Inc, the Baltimore Civil War Museum, and the National Park Service.