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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 263
Undergraduate Certificate 104
Bachelor’s Degree 60

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

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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

When studying respiratory therapy technician/assistant, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a respiratory therapy technician/assistant student include the following:

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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?

60 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 73% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 39
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant appeals to people across the globe. About 1.7% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Respiratory Therapy Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant majors often go into careers with median salaries of $51,380. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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 2019-2020 academic year, 37 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 23 0
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 52,393
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 6,922
Physical Therapy Assistant 5,902
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,622
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3,617
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,114
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 787
Anesthesiologist Assistant 321
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 179
Radiologist Assistant 142
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 134
Lactation Consultant 33
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 0

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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