By Paul A. Greenberg, The Times-Picayune
There are dozens of job types that fall under the heading of "Allied Health." Opportunities abound in many of the allied health professions, including respiratory therapist.
Conditions dealing with the lungs, heart and circulatory system that affect a patient's ability to breathe fall under the auspices of respiratory therapists.
A physical therapist's job is to evaluate the patient's current physical status and then design and manage a program of physical rehabilitation. It ranks among the CareerCast JobsRated top healthcare professions for 2012.
Read more about respiratory therapist and physical therapist careers, as well as the three other jobs that top the allied healthcare field at The Times-Picayune.