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Career and Education Opportunities for Respiratory Therapists in Tennessee

Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its biggest city is Memphis.

There are currently 2,500 jobs for respiratory therapists in Tennessee and this is projected to grow by 24% to about 3,110 jobs 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 $21 per hour or $45,420 per year on average in Tennessee. Nationally they average about $25 per hour or $52,200 yearly. Earnings for respiratory therapists are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Alternative and Specialized in Tennessee and not quite as good as general Alternative and Specialized category earnings nationally. Jobs in this field include: sleep lab technician, oxygen therapist, and respiratory therapist .

In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Approximately 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist attractions include the Magevney House, the Delta Axis, and the Dixon Gallery & Gardens.

CITIES WITH Respiratory Therapist OPPORTUNITIES IN Tennessee


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 Tennessee 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.
  • 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: Tennessee

Tennessee
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Tennessee has a population of 6,296,254, which has grown by 10.67% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Volunteer State," its capital is Nashville, though its largest city is Memphis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,759,569 jobs in Tennessee. The average annual income was $34,833 in 2008, up from $34,156 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Tennessee was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 3.8% since the previous year. Roughly 19.6% of Tennessee residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Tennessee include bakeries manufacturing, bread product manufacturing, and commercial bakeries. Notable tourist destinations include the Mississippi River Museum, the Magevney House, and the National Civil Rights Museum.