Rock Valley College

Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Therapy career has a 0.3% unemployment rate, a workforce of 100,000, an average annual income of $58,670, and a 23.4% projection of employment growth between 2016 and 2026, according to the website 24/7 Wall St, a Delaware corporation which runs a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the Internet. The company’s articles are republished by many of the largest news sites and portals, including MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch,, USAToday, and The Huffington Post. 

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Best Rankings 

According to U.S.News, Respiratory Therapists rank #16 in Best Health Care Jobs. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors. 

Respiratory Therapists are ranked: 

  • #16 in Best Health Care Jobs  
  • #21 in The 100 Best Jobs 

According to this publication, in 2016 respiratory therapists made a median salary of $58,670. The BLS reports that the highest-paid made more than $81,550, and the lowest-paid earned less than $42,490.  

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Program Disclosure: 

The Respiratory Care program at Rock Valley College meets the state education requirements for the Respiratory Care Practitioner license in the state of Illinois. 

Students considering a program of study that leads to professional licensure, endorsement, or certification in Respiratory Care should contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you plan to be licensed prior to enrollment at Rock Valley College to ensure the coursework meets that state's requirements.