This occupation has a very low probability of automation.

6.6% probability

of automation

23.4% growth

projected to 2026

130,200 employed

currently in the US

$60,640 annual wage

US, median ($29.15 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 6.6% likely to be automated. It ranks 150 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 130,200 people have this job. They earn $60,640 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $7,895,328,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $29.15.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 23.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 160,600 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).