Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) provide services in a variety of settings, including hospitals, emergency and trauma centers, diagnostic laboratories, physician offices, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation centers, and home care.
As the healthcare industry grows and changes, RCPs must grow and evolve as well. Opportunities are highly favorable for RCPs with neonatal and adult critical care skills. The aging population also will produce a substantial growth for RCPs. The demand for RCPs provided by the contract-care firms will continue and create a demand as well.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports "promising figures about growing demand for respiratory therapists." The report states that:
Starting Salary: The average starting salary for RCPs is $40,000, and many employers offer tuition reimbursement opportunities. The national mean starting salary for RCPs is $46,000.