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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 157169 7.61 45
United States 120,700135,500 12.31,490 2,8404,330

Job outlook

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


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.6720.1823.44 27.7833.4038.67
Alaska 34.1127.1131.04 34.2437.4342.73
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.2426.5330.79 34.3438.1643.59

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
17030 17.664.6 52.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation7
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation3
UI claimants previously working in occupation6
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 16
Number of job position postings 9
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.8

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

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