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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Unit: RESPIRATORY THERAPY Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are a Respiratory Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand You...
Unit: THERAPY / REHAB Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are an Respiratory Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand Yo...
Compass Pointe Healthcare Systems, a nationwide healthcare services company providing quality care throughout 19 states, is seeking a Director of Respiratory Therapy and Respiratory Therapists for Comprehensive Health and Rehab of Clearwater.. Join our growing company and quality team! Our full continuum of services - from help with activities of daily living through acute care and rehabilitation...
Unit: RESPIRATORY THERAPY Flexible Per-Diem Shifts Available Now at Multiple Facilities in the Area! - Competitive Pay Rate - First Called / Last Canceled - 401k w/ Company Match - Weekly Pay / Direct Deposit Looking for a challenge and rewarding career? Can you accept change, adapt well, fit in, and be independent? If you are a Respiratory Therapist with flexibility and motivation to Expand...
JOB SUMMARY: THE RESPIRATORY THERAPIST II WILL DELIVER SAFE AND EFFECTIVE CARE. THIS POSITION REQUIRES THE RESPIRATORY THERAPIST II TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND PROFICIENT IN THE TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS FOR INPATIENTS AND OUTPATIENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE RESPIRATORY THERAPIST III, CARDIOPULMONARY MANAGER AND THE CARDIOPULMONARY MEDICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTORS. ...
Cross Country TravCorps has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Phoenix, AZ. 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...
Job Summary of Registered 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 • Must be willing to pick up 4-7, 12-hour, day and night shifts per month • Must be ACLS certified! Qualifications of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RT) / Per Diem •...
Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Houston, TX
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Cross Country TravCorps - Allied Division Woodland Hills, CA
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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 has new positions available for Registered Respiratory Therapists in Portland, OR. 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 ...

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Respiratory Therapist

Salaries

$37,440.00 - $64,480.00
Typical Salary for Respiratory Therapist
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Education / Training

Associates
61.7%
Bachelor's
27.5%
Some College Coursework Completed
4.2%
Master's
2.5%
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