Respiratory Therapists

6.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $29.72 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 29% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Social Perceptiveness
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Finger Dexterity
Manual Dexterity
very important
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Respiratory Therapists' job openings is expected to rise 13.6% by 2031
'Respiratory Therapists' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Respiratory Therapists' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Respiratory Therapists' was $61,830, or $29.72 hourly
'Respiratory Therapists' are paid 35.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as respiratory therapists?

As of 2021 there were 133,410 people employed as Respiratory Therapists within the United States.
This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Respiratory Therapists.

Job description

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

SOC Code: 29-1126.00


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RT (Highly likely) says
AI is already being utilized in many companies. Human error in the ICU are the reasons behind AI Mechanical Ventilators. PRVC and VC+ are examples. Ignorant to think AI Mechanical Ventilators aren't plausible.
Feb 06, 2020 at 04:14 AM

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