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My Career Goal A.Locklear

  1. 1. 12/10/2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>To provide the Instructor and fellow class members a glimpse of my Career Path and goals in becoming a Respiratory Therapist. </li></ul>12/10/2009
  3. 3. <ul><li>Nature of Work </li></ul><ul><li>Working Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Training and Qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Job Outlook </li></ul><ul><li>Earnings </li></ul><ul><li>Related Occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>12/10/2009
  4. 4. <ul><li>Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. </li></ul><ul><li>They also, provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, and they give emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning, or shock </li></ul>12/10/2009
  5. 5. <ul><li>Work between 35 and 40 hours a week </li></ul><ul><li>Spend long periods standing and walking </li></ul><ul><li>In an emergency, therapists work under the stress of the situation </li></ul><ul><li>When employed in home health care must travel frequently to patients’ homes </li></ul><ul><li>Respiratory therapists are trained to work with gases stored under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Exposed to infectious diseases, but by carefully following proper procedures they can minimize the risks </li></ul>12/10/2009
  6. 6. <ul><li>Respiratory therapists held about 122,000 jobs in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>About 79 percent of jobs were in hospitals, mainly in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the jobs were in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, and home health care services </li></ul>12/10/2009
  7. 7. <ul><li>An associate degree is the minimum educational requirement, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree may be important for advancement. All States, except Alaska and Hawaii, require respiratory therapists to be licensed. </li></ul><ul><li>The following are among the areas of study in the Respiratory Therapy programs: </li></ul><ul><li>Human Anatomy </li></ul><ul><li>Physiology </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Microbiology </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacology </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>12/10/2009
  8. 8. <ul><li>Faster-than-average employment growth is projected for respiratory therapists. Job opportunities should be very good, especially for respiratory therapists with cardiopulmonary care skills or experience working with infants </li></ul><ul><li>Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Older Americans suffer most from respiratory ailments as their numbers increase, the need for respiratory therapists is expected to increase as well </li></ul><ul><li>Job opportunities are expected to be very good . The vast majority of job openings will continue to be in hospitals. However, a growing number of openings are expected to be outside of hospitals, especially in home health care services, offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, or in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various setting. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Median annual earnings of wage-and-salary respiratory therapists were $47,420 in May 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>The middle 50 percent earned between $40,840 and $56,160. </li></ul><ul><li>The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,200. </li></ul><ul><li>The highest 10 percent earned more than $64,190. </li></ul>12/10/2009
  10. 10. <ul><li>Under the supervision of a physician, respiratory therapists administer respiratory care and life support to patients with heart and lung difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Other workers who care for, treat, or train people to improve their physical condition include the following: </li></ul><ul><li> Registered Nurses , Occupational Therapists , Physical Therapists </li></ul><ul><li>Radiation Therapists , and Athletic Trainers </li></ul>12/10/2009
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