Respiratory Therapists

risk level
Based on 78 votes
by year 2032
or $37.48 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

29% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

35% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 29% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Respiratory Therapists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Respiratory Therapists' job openings is expected to rise 13.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Respiratory Therapists' was $77,960, or $37 per hour

'Respiratory Therapists' were paid 62.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 129,750 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 (No chance) says
Jobs which requires more patient interaction cannot be replaced fastly
Jun 18, 2023 at 06:43 PM
Duh (Low) says
Lots to do that only a human can do.
Jun 14, 2023 at 02:15 AM
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
Ken Wilson says
RT's (especially in ICU, PICU, NICU, ED, Burn Units, etc*) deal with rapidly changing patient conditions and situations, and are involved in a wide variety of invasive procedures, requiring flexibility amid constantly shifting priorities. I can't see AI doing intubations, ABGs, bronchoscopy, ECMO, codes, or actually doing any bedside procedure or patient interaction. I'd give it less than the predicted 7%.

*And yes, I've worked in all of these in my 42 years as an RRT
Jul 26, 2021 at 03:59 PM
Larry says
Do you realize respiratory therapists do more than respiration and ventilation?
Dec 02, 2021 at 03:34 AM
Better RT says
PRVC and VC+ is the same thing, just different names due to copyrights. It is a completely different way of breath delivery and has nothing to do with AI. If that were the case, then I wouldn't have to adjust the flow or ramp %. You can have just as big, if not bigger, error with a pressure breathe than you can a volume breathe. So it still comes down to who is checking the vent.
Dec 18, 2021 at 06:04 PM
RT says
What does AI mechanical ventilators have to do with RT replacement? sure it would make operating ventilators easier and even untrained people can operate them, but someone has to intubate patients, extubate them, take care of them while they're intubated. Even if the role of RTs decrease in the mechanical ventilation department, there are many other aspects of the job that's hands on work.
May 12, 2024 at 06:36 AM

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