Respiratory Therapy Programs

Respiratory therapists help people breathe easy. They care for clients suffering from asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and other respiratory conditions. An associate degree is the minimum educational requirement, but a bachelor's or master's degree may be important for advancement. All States, except Alaska and Hawaii, require respiratory therapists to be licensed. Median annual wages of wage-and-salary respiratory therapists were $52,200 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,490 and $61,720.