Respiratory Therapist Jobs

Respiratory Therapist Job Overview

Respiratory therapists take care of patients who have difficulty breathing for a wide variety of reasons. They work in emergency rooms of hospitals, outpatient clinics, or in private homes for those needing care. They may need to help a wide variety of patients, from infants who are born premature to children with cystic fibrosis and elderly patients with failing lungs. Common job duties of a respiratory therapist may include:

  • Examining patients who have cardiopulmonary disorders or other problems breathing
  • Providing emergency care to a patient who has had a heart attack
  • Performing diagnostic tests on the lung capacity of each patient
  • Collaborating with doctors to help develop treatment plans for patients
  • Recording the progress of multiple patients

Candidates who enjoy working with people and are able to stay calm under pressure may enjoy working in the medical field as a respiratory therapist.

Respiratory Therapist Job Education Requirements

Employers will expect a respiratory therapist to have at least an associate’s degree, but a bachelor’s degree is preferable. Required courses will include microbiology, chemistry, human anatomy and physics. Practical classes like patient assessment and diagnostic procedures will also be required. Because this profession places respiratory therapists in crucial lifesaving positions each day, it is important that training is thorough. Part of the training for either an associate or bachelor degree will require the aspiring physical therapist to earn school credit by completing clinical programs where they treat patients under supervision.

Respiratory Therapist Job Market

There are currently over 119,000 people employed as respiratory therapists, and over 22,000 new respiratory therapist job positions will be created between now and 2022. This 19 percent projected job growth is impressive, meaning that respiratory therapists are very much in demand. Respiratory therapists who are willing to travel for their work have the greatest job prospects. It’s likely that rural areas may have a strong demand for respiratory therapists, while some urban areas may have an excessive amount of workers.

Respiratory Therapist Job Salary Information

The average starting salary for a respiration therapist is $55,870 annually. Some states that have a high demand for respiration therapists, such as California, offer a higher annual salary. Colleges and universities also typically pay their respiration therapists over $65,000 per year. Respiratory therapists make the same approximate salary each year as physical therapist assistants. However, keep in mind that registered nurses earn more. Respiratory therapists who are willing to continue to stay on top of their field and work their way up to a bachelor’s degree if they don’t currently have one may enjoy this position as a long-term career. After all, the highest-paid respiratory therapists make over $75,000 each year.

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Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Salem, MA
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Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Akron, OH
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Akron, OH. RRTs are currently in demand due to the increasing influx of patients that need treatment to overcome respiratory ailments. We are looking for incredibly accomplished professionals that have an exemplary knowledge of treating patients through various types of respiratory ailments so they can hav...
Responsible for providing every aspect of Respiratory Care to all patients. In communicating with the patients, families, visitors and other employees in an expected caring, friendly, personal and professional approach. Also responsible for acting as an advanced resource person for all other staff. Performs related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications Education: Graduate of CoArc/AARC/NBRC...
Perform, evaluate and coordinate diagnostic and therapeutic clinical procedures as defined in the Cardiopulmonary Services scope of clinical practice. Work performed in accordance with physician orders. Defined duties are performed in neonatal,pediatric, and adult patient populations in intermediate, intensive, and emergency care areas. Therapists will work in accord to the mission, vision, and va...
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Performs respiratory care modalities, sets up and maintains equipment, documents therapy and performs other duties in the respiratory care department. Minimum Qualifications Education: Graduate from an accredited school of Respiratory Therapy. Licensure: CRTT. Certifications: Current BLS certification. Other: Must have good interpersonal and communication skills. Must have working knowledge o...
Under the direct supervision of the lead therapist and the department manager and upon request of the physician, sets up and operates various types of respiratory care equipment to be utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disease and or illness. Minimum Qualifications Licensure: Maintains current license in the State of Oklahoma. Certifications: Registered Respiratory Therapist (...
The Certified Respiratory Therapist assists physicians in the treatment of patients with conditions affecting the cardiopulmonary system. This includes patient testing, teaching, assessment, ventilator management and delivery of therapy. In addition, the Certified Respiratory Therapist functions as part of the Code Blue team assuming responsibility for airway management. Minimum Qualifications E...
Responsible for providing direct supervision in the absence of the Shift Supervisor. Also responsible for all the normal duties of a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Performs related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications Education: RRT. Experience: One year experience at Mercy as staff therapist, or three years respiratory critical care experience at any other facility. Licensure: Meets ...
Responsible for providing every aspect of Respiratory Care to all patients. In communicating with the patients, families, visitors and other employees in an expected caring, friendly, personal and professional approach. Also responsible for acting as an advanced resource person for all other staff. Performs related duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications Education: Graduate of CoArc/AARC/NBRC...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Woodland Hills, CA
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Hilo, HI. RRTs are currently in demand due to the increasing influx of patients that need treatment to overcome respiratory ailments. We are looking for incredibly accomplished professionals that have an exemplary knowledge of treating patients through various types of respiratory ailments so they can have...
Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc IndiaScottsburg, IN
Certified Respiratory Therapist/Registered Respiratory Therapist, FT-150718 Scott Memorial Description Provides Respiratory Care procedures per physician order or protocol as described in the scope of practice.Responsibilities include critical care, general care, SNF care, and rehabilitation care assignments, and all related patient care plans.Individuals will work with physicians and other mem...
Lifepoint Hospitals, Inc IndiaScottsburg, IN
Certified Respiratory Therapist/Registered Respiratory Therapist, PRN-150323 Scott Memorial Description Provides Respiratory Care procedures per physician order or protocol as described in the scope of practice.Responsibilities include critical care, general care, SNF care, and rehabilitation care assignments, and all related patient care plans.Individuals will work with physicians and other me...
Description The Registered Respiratory Therapist is a clinical professional who utilizes the department's scope of services to access; plan; implement; and evaluate patient care as an integral member of the healthcare team. The Registered Respiratory Therapist delivers Respiratory Care Services under the order of the physician and in accordance with protocols established by the hospital; other he...
Kearney Regional Medical Center , a new hospital in Kearney, NE is currently hiring for a Respiratory Therapist . Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for administrating respiratory therapy treatments to patients and understanding different technique and treatment types. Performs EKGS, airway management, endotracheal intubation, and endotracheal tube changes. Set-up and monitors mechanical ve...
JOB SUMMARY: RESPIRATORY THERAPIST (RT) / PER DIEM Start/perform Respiratory Care techniques and provide intensive respiratory care in the management of critically ill patients. Contingent / Per diem position located in Macomb County Must be willing to pick up 4-7, 12-hour night shifts per month Must be ACLS certified! Successful verification of drug screen and criminal background check. QUA...
About the position We are searching for a highly engaged experienced Respiratory Therapist. Must be able to peform breathing treatments, EKG’s, arterial blood gases, manage oxygen therapy, evaluates and treats patients per respiratory protocol, perform adult and neonatal intubations, and manage mechanical ventilators per physician orders or by protocol. Responds to code blue, rapid responses, c-s...
About the position We are searching for a highly engaged experienced Respiratory Therapist. Must be able to peform breathing treatments, EKG’s, arterial blood gases, manage oxygen therapy, evaluates and treats patients per respiratory protocol, perform adult and neonatal intubations, and manage mechanical ventilators per physician orders or by protocol. Responds to code blue, rapid responses, c-s...

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