Respiratory Therapists, ranked No. 46 in the "Best 100 Jobs in 2012" by CareerCast.com. Respiratory Therapists provide high-tech care in a variety of environments with diverse activities and the choice to work with all ages or specialize for a specific age group. Jonathan Waugh, Ph.D., RRT, professor in the Respiratory Therapy program, said Respiratory Therapists have a variety of work-setting options.

“Most Respiratory Therapists work in the hospital environment which has the benefits of extensive technology and promotes a healthy workplace,” said Waugh. “Critical care settings offer fast-paced excitement while the growing home care practice allows a relaxed setting with a flexible schedule to help people become well.