Respiratory Therapist

What Does A Respiratory Therapist Do?

Respiratory therapists help people who have difficulty breathing, such as infants with underdeveloped lungs or adults with lung disease or another chronic lung-related problem. Make sure to use the search box to find Jennifer’s video!

How Do I Become A Respiratory Therapist?

Completing a two-year college program in respiratory therapy is required for this line of work. A four-year bachelor’s degree may be required by some employers.

What is the Average Salary For A Respiratory Therapist?

High – 86,000
Median – 61,000
Low – 43,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Respiratory Therapist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For A Respiratory Therapist?

Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals, but some do work in nursing care facilities, and doctor’s offices.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Respiratory Therapist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Respiratory Therapist?