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Respiratory Therapists (29-1126)

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.
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 166 176 6.02 5 4 10
United States 134000 162000 0.0 4100 3800 10600
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 31.56 22.09 26.05 30.20 36.52 42.87
Alaska 35.76 25.37 29.20 35.76 42.16 48.60
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 34.34 24.32 28.03 34.37 40.25 47.33
Balance of State 40.93 29.38 35.19 41.70 47.47 51.20

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.