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Monday, February 27, 2017

My concerns about getting a respiratory therapy bachelor's degree

The AARC wants every respiratory therapist to get a bachelor's degree. I actually looked into this because I would love to further my education. However, when I brought this up to my wife, she said:
"If you are going to go back to school, you should get a degree in something so you can earn $75,0000 a year. If you get this, you won't make any more money. It may qualify you to be an RT supervisor, but it doesn't guarantee you will get that job, nor that you will want that job."
My wife is smart in this way. And she is right. If I were to go back to school, I would be better off going to be a nurse. They make way more money than we do, plus their profession is far better respected.

I'm not saying I'm going to be a nurse. I'm also not implying I hate my job. But, there is some degree of apathy present. It would be nice to do something different. But, to earn a bachelor's in respiratory therapy would not make me a better therapist nor would it make me more money. It won't even earn me more respect.

I would love to go back to school. However, I would rather do something other than respiratory therapy if I were going to do this. But what?


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Princess Fish said...

How about getting a bachelors in allied health? A general health degree that would apply to any health related job you decide to take?

john bottrell said...

That's a good question. I have actually had someone suggest that to me to. John. Site Moderator.