Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.
Entry Level: $24.09/hr
Growth for Respiratory Therapists
|2017 Jobs||2028 Jobs||Change (2018-2028)||% Change (2018-2028)
Industries Employing Respiratory Therapists
|Industry||Occupation Group Jobs in Industry (2017)||% of Occupation Group in Industry (2017)||% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||507||77.9%||2.2%
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||37||7.1%||0.5%
|Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)||14||2.6%||0.1%
|Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals||13||2.4%||4.2%
|Home Health Care Services||11||2.1%||0.2%
Occupational Tasks for Respiratory Therapists
- Provide emergency care, such as artificial respiration, external cardiac massage, or assistance with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- Monitor patient’s physiological responses to therapy, such as vital signs, arterial blood gases, or blood chemistry changes, and consult with physician if adverse reactions occur.
- Set up and operate devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, or aerosol generators, following specified parameters of treatment.
- Work as part of a team of physicians, nurses, or other healthcare professionals to manage patient care by assisting with medical procedures or related duties.
- Maintain charts that contain patients’ pertinent identification and therapy information.