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					What is the Job Description of a Respiratory Therapist?

Respiratory therapists are skilled healthcare professions who examine, diagnose, and treat patients with respiratory and
cardiopulmonary diseases. Let’s examine the job description for respiratory therapists in detail.

What are the jobs and responsibilities of respiratory therapists?

Respiratory therapists are concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases in patients. To do this, they
perform a variety of tasks such as:

  ● Interviewing and examining patients with breathing difficulties
  ● Collecting and analyzing specimens to determine the cause of the problem
  ● Measuring lung capacity
  ● Using equipment to administer oxygen to the patient or to assist with breathing
  ● Planning and managing a patient’s treatment plan
  ● Monitoring a patient’s response to medication and altering it where needed
Where do respiratory therapists work?

Respiratory therapists are a vital part of any healthcare team and usually work in the following settings:

    ● Hospitals
    ● Nursing facilities
    ● Home health agencies
    ● Specialized care hospitals
    ● Emergency transport centers
    ● Physician’s offices
What are the educational requirements to become a respiratory therapist?

In order to become a respiratory therapist, a student hasa choice between an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree in
respiratory therapy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states thatstudents with a bachelor’s degree are favored by
employers.1

Similarly, students with certifications such as the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory
Therapist (RRT), conducted by the National Board for Respiratory Care(NBRC),are also given preference.

Where should you go to college?

Respiratory therapy programs are offered by community colleges and accredited four-year colleges all across America. It
is advisable to be thorough with your research when looking for colleges; make sure the college and respiratory therapy
program are accredited, and read up on the course outline of the program as well as student reviews, testimonials, and
any complaints you might find about the college. Let’s take for example, California College San Diego. The college offers
associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in respiratory therapy. If you read reviews of California College of San Diego,
you’ll learn that its respiratory therapy program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory
Care (CoARC) and offers a number of student services and financial aid assistance programs that students have found
helpful in the past.

What are my career prospects as a respiratory therapist?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,theemployment opportunities for respiratory therapists areexpected to
grow by 28 percent, a rate faster than average for all other occupations. To increase yourcareer prospects, consider
getting a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy along with a certification. The median annual salary of respiratory
therapists was $54,280, while the top 10 percent can earn more than $73,410, depending on experience, education, and
location.2

A career in respiratory therapy is great for people who wish to enter the healthcare profession quickly. The average
salaries and healthcare benefits of the healthcare industry are just icing on the cake!

References:

    1.   http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Respiratory-therapists.htm#tab-4
    2.   http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Respiratory-therapists.htm#tab-6