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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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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...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Kearney, NE
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Kearney, NE. 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 h...
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...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division San Bernardino, CA
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Riverside, CA. 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...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Santa Fe, NM
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Santa Fe, NM. 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 ...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Berlin, NH
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Berlin, NH. 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 ha...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Richmond, VA
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Richmond, VA. 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 ...
Mercy Troy, MO
Vocational Tech Performs direct patient care in all aspects of respiratory therapy according to physicians' orders. Consults physicians on effectiveness of therapy. Provides ventilator support during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and maintains life support equipment. Minimum Qualifications Education: High school diploma or equivalent required. Succesful completion of program approved by Nationa...
Basic Functions: Performs duties within the scope of Respiratory Care, to include but not limited to patient assessment, oxygen and routine therapy, arterial blood gases and mechanical ventilation in accordance with department and hospital policy and procedures. Registered Therapists Provides specialized respiratory care to include, intubating adolescent, adult or geriatric patients as a member of...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Dayton, OH
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Dayton, 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 ha...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Detroit, MI
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Detroit, MI. 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 h...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Oakland, CA
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Oakland, CA. 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 h...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Omaha, NE
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Omaha, NE. 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...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Seattle, WA
Company DescriptionCross Country TravCorps' Allied Division places qualified nurse practitioners and physician assistants in travel positions across the country. We work with acute-care and rehab hospitals, outpatient clinics, home care, schools and long-term care facilities and offer one of the best benefits packages in the industry.Job DescriptionCross Country TravCorps has new positions availab...
Bachelor's Degree The Transport Respiratory Therapist is responsible for complete patient care in conjunction with fellow team members during inter-hospital Transport; including assessment and stabilization of Transport patients, as well as performance of necessary diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and assessment to the response of those interventions. Performs duties and responsibilities ...
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Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Calais, ME
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Calais, ME. 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 ha...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Murrieta, CA
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Riverside, CA. 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...
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...

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