Statistics say our population is aging, so not only will RTs always have work, but also advancement opportunities as the baby boomers (the largest population demographic in the U.S.) begin to retire (and then become your patients). Obviously, RTs will be in demand for a long time. And we all know what happens to wages when demand exceeds supply.
Of nearly 122,000 RTs working in the U.S., half of them earned over $50,000 in 2006 – an increase of about $10,000 from 2000. And the respiratory care field is expected to grow not just faster than average over the next ten years, but at a rate of twice the average growth of most other occupations.
Think about that – even though the labor market will increase by 15 percent over the next ten years, the demand for RTs will be twice that of most other occupations.
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Some information adapted from: American Association for Respiratory Care, Career Page, Job Outlook, on the Internet at http://www.aarc.org/career/be_an_rt.asp