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Career and Education Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a population of 3,687,050, which has grown by 6.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," Oklahoma's capital and most populous city is Oklahoma City.

There are currently 1,200 working respiratory therapists in Oklahoma; this should grow 22% to about 1,460 working respiratory therapists in the state 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. In general, respiratory therapists assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

Respiratory therapists earn approximately $22 per hour or $45,940 yearly on average in Oklahoma. Nationally they average about $25 hourly or $52,200 per year. Respiratory therapists earn less than people working in the category of Alternative and Specialized generally in Oklahoma and less than people in the Alternative and Specialized category nationally. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of jobs, including: certified respiratory therapist , certified respiratory therapist technician, and clinical coordinator of respiratory therapy.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,206,469 jobs in Oklahoma. The average annual income was $35,969 in 2008, up from $34,298 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. About 20.3% of Oklahoma residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Oklahoma include boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing, pump manufacturing, and oil field machinery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Oklahoma Museums Association, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Lifehouse.

CITIES WITH Respiratory Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Oklahoma


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 Oklahoma 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.
  • 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.
  • Orthodontist. Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.
  • 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: Oklahoma

Oklahoma
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Oklahoma has a population of 3,687,050, which has grown by 6.85% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sooner State," Oklahoma's capital and biggest city is Oklahoma City. In 2008, there were a total of 2,206,469 jobs in Oklahoma. The average annual income was $35,969 in 2008, up from $34,298 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oklahoma was 6.4% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 20.3% of Oklahoma residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Oklahoma include boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing, pump manufacturing, and oil field machinery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Amateur Softball Association of Amrca NTNL Hdqrtrs, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Oklahoma Museums Association.