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Respiratory Care as a Career

Respiratory medicine involves the care of patients with all forms of respiratory disease. Respiratory specialists deal with over 30 different conditions, some very common and some rare. They help people take their first breath and their last.

The national employment rate for new respiratory therapists is an impressively high 84.6%. Closer to home, it’s even better: 100% of those who completed the respiratory care program at Kettering College in 2015 were employed in the field within two months of graduation*. 

The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher, with the number of positions expected to grow by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022; faster than average among all occupations. This anticipated growth is largely due to the fact that our population is aging, and older people are most likely to have breathing problems that require respiratory care.

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* Data obtained from the 2016 report to CoARC and reflects 2013, 2014, 2015 graduating cohort results.

“When I was looking for a career change a few years ago, I originally was considering nursing, but all the local nursing programs were full. The more I heard about respiratory care, the more it appealed to me. By the time I graduated, I had really fallen in love with the profession.

– Patrick Sellers,
2015 graduate

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