What Can I Do With This Major?

About Respiratory Therapy

Employment of Respiratory Therapists is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Applications for Fall 2021 are due April 1, 2021.

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While most professional Respiratory Therapists work in hospitals, they may also work in physicians' offices, nursing facilities, or as home care therapists. In fact, a growing emphasis on reducing re-admissions in hospitals has created more demand for Respiratory Therapists in nursing homes and in physician's offices than ever before.

As a Shawnee State Respiratory Therapy graduate, you'll have the option to work with hospitals, private practice physicians, sleep disorder centers, health care research institutions, home health care agencies, retirement centers, and many more employers. Growth in the older populations will lead to an increased incidence of respiratory conditions such as pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other disorders that respiratory therapists help patients and their families evaluate and manage.

By the Numbers

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Median Annual Wage for Respiratory Therapists (2017)


Average Overall Graduate Satisfaction (2014-2016)

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Expected Job Growth in Respiratory Therapy through 2026

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