Question: I am an out of work 36 year old father who is looking to start fresh with a new career. i just wanted to know if there was a demand for respiratory therapists?
Answer: In 2010, there were 112,700 jobs for Respiratory Therapist in the country while there is projected to be $143,900 by 2020. This is an above average growth for any occupation. The average pay was $54,280/year.
Employment of respiratory therapists 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 an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia, respiratory disorders that permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function. These factors will lead to an increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments, mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. In addition, advances in preventing and detecting disease, improved medications, and more sophisticated treatments will increase the demand for respiratory therapists. Other conditions affecting the general population, such as smoking, air pollution, and respiratory emergencies, will continue to create demand for respiratory therapists.
You'll increase your chances of being hired if you have a certification or bachelors degree on top of the required associates degree.