Respiratory Therapist

Career Overview

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!


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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$43,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$86,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Work Environment

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

Future Outlook

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