Challenges and Opportunities of a Changing Industry
Graduating from an advanced respiratory therapy program can prepare you for increased career satisfaction and opportunity. Much of the growth being experienced within the respiratory therapy field is due to changes in our population, as Americans from the baby boomer generation get older. This reality is also coupled with the danger of poor air quality in communities around the world.
The Future of Respiratory Therapy
Treatment of COPD, emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and other disorders — including the annual flu epidemic — will continue to demand the services of respiratory therapists in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. Respiratory therapists held about 120,700 jobs in 2014. Some of the settings where RTs work include:
- Hospital intensive care units
- Emergency transport vehicles
- Pulmonary function labs
- Patient education venues
- Community outreach agencies
Characteristics of Successful RTs
The best and most successful respiratory therapists are empathetic individuals who truly care about others. They are patient-centric professionals with excellent communication and technology skills. Top RTs are also creative thinkers and efficient multi-taskers. If you are someone who exhibits these traits, pursuing your bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Cincinnati can help position you at the leading edge of opportunity.
- Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 12% from 2014-2024
- The median annual wage for RTs was $57,790 in May 2015
- The top 10% earn more than $80,440