During the program, students observe a surgery and meet with surgeons, take a cadaver anatomy class, learn about general medical conditions, experience emergency care including a day spent with Fairborn paramedics, perform clinical hours, work with Wright State athletes and complete an internship.
Ortiz said when he came to Wright State in 1980, there were about 12 athletic trainers working in the area. Today, there are as many as 400. The field continues to expand as more high schools hire athletic trainers, he said.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates growth will be "much faster than average," at 30 percent between 2010 and 2020. About 5,500 jobs will be added nationwide. The median pay is $41,600.
Three students graduated in June and all have jobs, said Rebekah Bower, interim program director. Eight students graduated in July and are awaiting word on whether they passed the national certification exam. Typically, 14 to 16 students graduate in a class, Bower said.
Joseph Neel, who graduated in June 2012, was hired by the Kettering Sports Medicine Center. He said he chose the program because he has always had a "passion for helping others."
"Athletic training has been a great career choice because I get to do all the things I love," he said. "I get to help injured athletes return to playing sports and healthy athletes improve their athletic performance as well. Both of which are very rewarding."
What: Associate of Applied Science
Where: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Why: Nationally, the employment of respiratory therapists will grow by about 28 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Salary: Median pay is $54,280, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The respiratory care program at Cincinnati State produces about 25 graduates each year and yields an average job placement rate of 86 percent in the past three years, said Mike Chaney, program chair at Cincinnati State.
The five-semester program prepares students to become registered respiratory therapists, with careers typically beginning in a hospital setting. Other jobs can be found in home care, diagnostic laboratories, sleep labs and doctor's offices.
"In the allied health professions, the education level is going up," Chaney said. "There are jobs available but hospitals can be choosy about who they pick."
Chaney said respiratory therapists are trained to work with patients in emergency or critical care settings to manage things such as bedside pulmonary care and life-support systems management.
The academic program allows students after their second semester to apply for a limited permit from the state to work as a student therapist. Chaney said clinical rotations beginning in the second semester are often an avenue for networking for future jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said respiratory therapy is a field that will grow faster than average, at 28 percent between 2010 and 2020. Chaney said experts do expect the field to grow partly because of the needs of the aging baby boomer generation.
OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT
What: Bachelor's degree
Where: University of Dayton
Why: Highest starting salary of business school programs
Salary: UD graduates earn in the mid-$50,000, the university said
All businesses need to get their goods or services to customers. And people who major in operations and supply management help design and improve the way they do it.
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