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Respiratory Therapist Career Outlook

As people age, the occurrences of respiratory conditions, such as emphysema, pneumonia and chronic bronchitis increase. With the baby-boom population growing older, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook expects the need for respiratory care services and reparatory therapist jobs to increase. In fact, from 2010-2020, they expect the employment for these professionals to increase 28%, which could create up to 31,200 new respiratory therapist jobs.


Respiratory care professionals typically work for hospitals, home health care facilities, physicians’ offices and other healthcare organizations. In 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook reported that the median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $54,280. While Platt College cannot guarantee employment numbers or salary figures in the respiratory therapist career field, it can be reassuring to know the industry is expected to continue growing.

Career Placement Assistance

At Platt College, our staff strives to make finding a job easier for our graduates. We offer career placement assistance services to help put you in the best position to succeed after graduation. With help from our placement and development directors, you can learn to create the kind of marketable persona that employers look for.

Our placement and career development directors can help you:

  • Construct a more effective resume
  • Write a persuasive cover letter
  • Improve your interviewing techniques
  • Explore a variety of job search strategies

For more information about our respiratory therapy programs or to see how we can help you start your respiratory therapist career, please contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.