Because you work with some of the most sophisticated equipment in the medical profession, respiratory therapists (RTs) are in high demand. And the outlook for RTs has never been better. Like any other facet of health care, RTs are a special blend of “patient-centric” caregivers and technically sharp, analytical thinkers. Respiratory therapy is a lucrative career for disciplined, care-focused people with an inner “techie” and you’re ready to succeed.
No matter where you are in your career, the AARC gives you everything you need to explore a future in respiratory care.
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Rest assured there will always be patients who need you.
Health care and health care needs are changing every day, faster than ever
before. The economy’s changed, too, but unlike so many other industries,
respiratory care professionals are even more in demand now than they
were just a year ago.
Statistics say our population is aging, which means that not only will
RTs always have work, but also advancement opportunities as the baby
boomers, the largest population demographic in the U.S., begin to retire.
Respiratory therapists earned a median income of about $48K in 2001.
That’s a $10K increase from the year before. And respiratory care
is expected to grow not just faster than average over the next ten years,
but at a rate of twice the average growth of all occupations measured
by the Bureau of Labor statistics. This means that even as the labor
market grows, the demand for RTs will be twice that of most other occupations
measured by the Bureau
of Labor Statistics.
Working in a career you love means you want to keep working in it for
as long as you can. It's a comfort to know that you'll continue to enjoy
prosperity and fulfillment as an RT for the rest of your career.
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