Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing; for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, or shock.
Minimum Education Required: Associate’s degree
Top 3 Skills: Physical Fitness, Personality, Leadership
Average Starting Salary: $45,000/year
Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals. Others may work in nursing care facilities or travel to patients’ homes.
Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree, although both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees are common. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.
Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.
Job Outlook: Good
Employment is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to greater demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments, mostly in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Respiratory Therapists
- Ave Starting Salary:
- approx. $45,000yr
- Ave Median Salary:
- approx. $54,280yr
- Job Outlook:
- Education Required:
- Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist (2 Yr Associate)