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The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree

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3. Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists asses, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. They operate devices such as mechanical ventilators and aerosol generators, and provide emergency care. Respiratory therapists work alongside physicians and nurses, ensuring the safety and well-being of patients.

Associates degrees in respiratory therapy are offered at many post-secondary colleges, medical schools, vocational institutes and the Armed Forces. Courses include microbiology, patient assessment, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A license is required in all states expect Alaska and Hawaii.


Faster-than-average employment growth is projected for respiratory therapists. Job opportunities should be very good, especially for respiratory therapists with cardiopulmonary care skills or experience working with infants.

Projected Need: 38,000

Projected Growth: 18-26%

Median Hourly Wage: $23

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