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Respiratory therapist

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Most common degree: Associate’s
Median pay: $52,200

While there are jobs requiring an associate’s degree that pay more, few have the kind of growth projections as the respiratory therapist occupation. Employment is expected to jump more than 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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