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Respiratory Therapy Technician

34 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#91 in Popularity
$51,380 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Respiratory Therapy Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many respiratory therapy technician/assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 264
Undergraduate Certificate 94
Bachelor’s Degree 34

What Respiratory Therapy Technician Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to respiratory therapy technician/assistant and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Majors

Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Majors

A major in respiratory therapy technician/assistant prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Majors

As a respiratory therapy technician/assistant major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy Technician?

34 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
50% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 88% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of respiratory therapy technician/assistant majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 15
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

How Much Do Respiratory Therapy Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to respiratory therapy technician/assistant is $51,380. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with respiratory therapy technician/assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for respiratory therapy technician/assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.4%
Some College Courses 0.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 65.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 29.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 7.1%

Online Respiratory Therapy Technician Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 schools offered some type of respiratory therapy technician/assistant program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 24 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Respiratory Therapy Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a respiratory therapy technician/assistant grad is $51,380 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 29% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $229,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to respiratory therapy technician/assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Clinical Assistant 60,320
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant 9,273
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8,341
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7,650
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4,986
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,605
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Anesthesiologist Assistant 307
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 124
Lactation Consultant 20
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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