Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to 增长23% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Growth in the middle-aged and older population will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other disorders that can permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function. The aging population will in turn lead to an increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments, 主要是在医院.

除了, a growing emphasis on reducing readmissions in hospitals may result in more demand for respiratory therapists in nursing homes and in doctors' offices.

Advances in preventing and detecting disease, 改善药物, and more sophisticated treatments will also increase the demand for respiratory therapists. Other conditions affecting the general population, such as respiratory problems due to smoking and air pollution, 还有呼吸紧急情况, will continue to create demand for respiratory therapists.

Source: 劳工统计局

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The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $62,810 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $45,940, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $89,170.

2020年5月, the median annual wages for respiratory therapists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Industry 年薪中位数
Hospitals; state, local, and private $63,090
医生办公室 $61,160
Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities) $61,160

Most respiratory therapists work full time. Because they may work in medical facilities, 比如一直营业的医院, 有些治疗师晚上工作, night, 或者周末工作时间.


  • 2021年薪酬中位数 -每年61,830美元/ 29美元.每小时73元
  • 典型入门级教育 副学士学位
  • 相关职业的工作经验 - None
  • 在职培训 - None
  • 就业岗位数量,2020年至今 135,100
  • 就业展望,2020-30年 23%(远快于平均水平)
  • 就业变化,2020-30年 31,100