Registered Respiratory Therapist

Nurse Anesthesiologist

Job Description:

A registered respiratory therapist is a skilled healthcare professional that aid patients with breathing difficulties. They work closely with patients of all ages that have breathing problems or pulmonary disorders, from premature infants, stroke victims, up to geriatric patients. Additionally, they operate equipments, like respirators and ventilators, which are commonly used on coma patients and those who cannot support breathing on their own.

The general responsibilities and important functions of a registered respiratory therapist include the following:

  • closely monitor the condition of patients with serious breathing problems
  • develop breathing exercises that will help to strengthen the patients' lungs
  • analyze and evaluate diagnostic exams
  • regulate patients' blood-oxygen level
  • set up and utilize cardio-pulmonary machines to assist in the patients' breathing
Work Environment:

Majority of registered respiratory therapist professionals are employed in hospitals. They can also be assigned to work in ambulances to administer CPR during emergency situations. Registered respiratory therapist professionals typically work 40 hours a week, and may also be asked to work on night shifts or during weekends. Part-time positions are also available for those who have multiple jobs.

Education and Training Requirements:

Aspiring registered respiratory therapist professionals can enroll in either a 2-year Associate or 4-Bachelor's degree course program. Accredited respiratory therapist curriculums can be acquired from junior colleges, technical schools, and some universities. Continuing studies are also available for those who wish to advance in their career.

To become a registered respiratory therapist, entrants must graduate from a course program that is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. After that, they have to pass the RRT exam in order to become a registered respiratory therapist professional.

Salary Range:

Income rates of registered respiratory therapist professionals are based on the following factors:

  • geographical location
  • level of expertise
  • area of specialization
  • educational background

Most registered respiratory therapist professionals receive annual earnings of around $46,000 - $53,000. Meanwhile those who have acquired advanced degrees, certifications, and supplemental trainings earn more than $60,000 annually. In addition to that, they also enjoy numerous benefits, including free housing, bonuses, paid vacations, and retirement plans.

Job Outlook:

Employment outlook for registered respiratory therapist is quite good. In fact, it is projected that job demand will grow until 2014. This growth will spawn from the increasing number of elderly patients and middle-aged individuals with lung diseases and respiratory problems.

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