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Respiratory Care | Fastest-growing Profession

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in Respiratory Care are expected to grow faster than the national average with a 21% projected growth from 2018 to 2028. The growth in the demand will increase from the expanding role of Respiratory Therapists in:

  • case management,
  • disease prevention,
  • emergency care,
  • and the early detection of pulmonary disorders.

Average Salary

The average salary of Registered Respiratory Therapists is over $62,000 per year (employment survey by AARC).

Why is There a Growing Need for RTs?

The need for RTs is growing due to:

  • large increase in the elderly population
  • environmental impact on diseases such as asthma, smoking and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • technological advances in treatment of cardiopulmonary disease

Respiratory Care class 2019

Career Resources 

RT Magazine

American Association for Respiratory Care

TSU Career Development Center

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