Thinking about Studying Respiratory Therapy? 5 Facts to Help You Decide

By Staff Writer Published on July 18, 2012

Respiratory therapists are being recognized as some of the most important personnel in healthcare facilities. Administrators and directors of nursing have seen that the availability of a skilled respiratory therapist can significantly reduce their patient’s chances of hospitalization and re-hospitalization.

Recent health care reform has pushed facilities across the board to hire additional respiratory therapists in an effort to boost the level of patient care. And the demand for skilled and knowledgeable RTs will continue to grow as the middle-aged and elderly population expands and incidences of cardiopulmonary disease increase.

What makes respiratory therapy a career worth pursuing? Here are five reasons to consider taking steps now to secure a future as a respiratory therapist.

1. Minimum of training required

The basic requirement to pursuing a career as a respiratory therapist is a two-year associate degree in respiratory therapy at a community, four-year, or career college. At California College San Diego, you can earn your degree even more quickly, with accelerated programs that allow students to graduate in less-than-traditional time—up to three to four months sooner than other programs.

2. Ease of entry

Respiratory therapy training, such as an associate’s in respiratory therapy program, is designed to give students the skills and knowledge necessary to immediately pursue entry-level opportunities upon graduation as respiratory therapists in hospitals and care centers.

3. A career with a future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of respiratory therapy is expected to experience faster than average employment growth, with the number of positions available growing by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020—faster than the average of most other occupations. And the demand will continue to grow as the baby boomer generation ages.

4. Return on investment

Respiratory therapy is among the higher-paying healthcare careers. The national median wage for respiratory therapists was reported in 2011 as $26.56 hourly, and $55,250 annually.

5. Important and valuable work

Respiratory therapy is a career for the kind of person who wants to do meaningful work—the kind of person who wants to help people get well and stay well. Respiratory therapists offer patients some of the most important health support and care in the health facilities, and doctors rely on respiratory therapists as key personnel in their patient care arsenal.

Respiratory therapists are in demand particularly in hospitals, but opportunities are growing in home healthcare services, offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms, and in the employment services industry as a temporary worker in various settings. Graduating from a respiratory therapist school program with a degree in respiratory therapy could be your first step toward a new career with a bright future.

We have openings for our Respiratory Therapy programs that start on July 30, 2012. Call (888) 773-8590 to talk to an Admissions Consultant, or request info here.

Author Bio
Sara Nelson is the Social Media Guru for California College San Diego, overseeing the college’s profiles on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and more. She is also a student in the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program, and she enjoys spending time with her family, listening to good music, and eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.