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Fast Facts for Respiratory Therapists in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Modesto, Visalia and Riverside
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Salinas
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Riverside, Santa Ana and San Diego

Salaries for Respiratory Therapists in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: San Jose, Salinas and Oakland

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  • Associate of Occupational Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • At American Career College, we provide hands-on training for students who are ready for change.
  • The diploma and associate programs offered at ACC can change the direction of your healthcare career.
  • 5 campus locations in Southern California and 13 programs in healthcare fields.
Programs
  • Respiratory Therapy (AS)
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities for students who qualify.
  • Laptop computers are issued to each student at the beginning of their program.
  • Provides programs in health care, business, information technology, and graphic arts.
  • Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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San Diego
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Programs
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Programs
  • Degree - Respiratory Therapy
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Temecula
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Programs
  • Patient Care Technician

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San Diego
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Programs
  • Massage Therapy
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Vacaville
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Programs
  • Massage Therapy
  • A Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Business, with an A+ rating.
  • Computer Support Technician program is based on guidelines set by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and Microsoft.
  • Offers free student services, including tutoring, campus internet access, career placement, and a student lounge.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 locations in Cathedral City and Twentynine Palms, California.
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Cathedral City
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Programs
  • Advanced Professional Massage Therapy Program
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
Programs
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
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  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!
Programs
  • Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology program helps students prepare for careers in counseling, marketing/sales, human services, ministry, and more.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 95% match rate for 4th year Psy.D. student internships in 2015.
  • Programmatic accreditation for psychology programs is provided by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

More California Respiratory Therapy Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Sacramento
Associate
33,821
Lancaster
Associate
13,312
Oroville
Associate
12,228
San Diego
Bachelor
568
Yucaipa
Associate
5,382
Pleasant Hill
Associate
19,768
Monterey Park
Associate
28,889
Torrance
Associate
24,895
Los Altos Hills
Associate
18,132
Fresno
Associate
21,624
El Cajon
Associate
17,359
Loma Linda
Doctorate & First Professional
4,022
Valley Glen
Associate
17,264
Modesto
Associate
18,546
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Napa
Associate
7,169
Fremont
Associate
11,083
Costa Mesa
Associate
24,424
Chula Vista
Associate
813
Bakersfield
Associate
602
Rancho Cordova
Associate
619
Rancho Cucamonga
Associate
791
Visalia
Associate
892
Santa Monica
Associate
28,958
San Bruno
Associate
8,359
Victorville
Associate
10,149

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Respiratory Therapists

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Respiratory Therapists

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Respiratory Therapists relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 250 $74,560
Chico N/A $71,040
Fresno 360 $79,090
Sacramento 800 $92,510
Roseville 800 $92,510
Arden 800 $92,510
Arcade 800 $92,510
Salinas 130 $88,660
San Diego 1620 $76,470
Carlsbad 1620 $76,470
Los Angeles 6810 $74,280
Long Beach 6810 $74,280
Anaheim 6810 $74,280
Modesto 230 $79,890
Oxnard 330 $81,760
Thousand Oaks 330 $81,760
Ventura 330 $81,760
Redding 130 $75,430
Riverside 1540 $72,160
San Bernardino 1540 $72,160
Ontario 1540 $72,160
San Francisco 1860 $91,780
Oakland 1860 $91,780
Hayward 1860 $91,780
Stockton 200 $85,770
Lodi 200 $85,770
San Jose 970 $84,900
Sunnyvale 970 $84,900
Santa Clara 970 $84,900
Vallejo 120 $95,510
Fairfield 120 $95,510
Visalia 80 $66,000
Porterville 80 $66,000
San Luis Obispo 60 $82,230
Paso Robles 60 $82,230
Arroyo Grande 60 $82,230
Santa Cruz 50 $114,200
Watsonville 50 $114,200
Santa Maria 110 $82,190
Santa Barbara 110 $82,190
Santa Rosa 140 $86,810

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