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!
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada