Respiratory Therapists (29-1126)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 154186 20.84 411
United States 130,200160,600 23.43,400 3,3009,750

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 29.7220.7324.30 28.7134.7139.92
Alaska 35.4526.9430.93 35.1739.2745.70
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 35.3826.7630.91 35.0739.0545.60

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
18342 23.061.7 51.0
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation17
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation10
UI claimants previously working in occupation6
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 19
Number of job position postings 4
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.8

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None