Respiratory Therapists

General Information

Description

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit55.70%
  2. Private, not for profit38.04%
  3. State and local government3.42%
  4. Federal government2.25%
  5. Self-employed0.43%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,100 openings for respiratory therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$62,810

Military salary*

$55,828

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State-by-state Salary

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$85,620
$50,300
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 82%
  • Bachelor's degree 11%
  • Post-secondary certificate 5%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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