YOUR CAREER AS A RESPIRATORY THERAPIST

YOUR CAREER AS ARESPIRATORY THERAPIST

The role you play is essential–you help people breathe easy and improve their quality of life. If you like making a good salary and helping humankind, this career is right up your alley.

A Day in the Life of a Respiratory Therapist

The role you play is essential–you help people breathe easy and improve their quality of life. If you like making a good salary and helping humankind, this career is right up your alley.

Wage Range

$45K - $76K

Annual Openings

330

Projected Job Growth

13%

WHAT IS RESPIRATORY THERAPY?

Respiratory therapists assess, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. They assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Respiratory therapists initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures, maintain patient records and select, assemble, check and operate equipment.

ARE YOU A GOOD FIT?

RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS POSSESS THESE QUALITIES:

  • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  • ACTIVE LEARNING
  • INDUCTIVE REASONING

WHAT DO RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS DO?

Interview and examine patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders

Consult with physicians to develop patient treatment plans

Perform diagnostic tests, such as measuring lung capacity

Treat patients by using a variety of methods, including chest physiotherapy and aerosol medications

Monitor and record patients’ progress

Teach patients how to take medications and use equipment, such as ventilators

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Check out the educational requirements for a career in respiratory therapy.

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Associate's degree
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