assist patients of all ages who suffer from pulmonary (breathing)
disorders. In addition to analyzing and performing diagnostic
testing, respiratory therapists perform relevant exams and control
patients’ blood-oxygen levels, as well as set up and utilize
cardiopulmonary equipment and machines needed to assist or monitor
the patients breathing.
Due to a growing need for respiratory therapists, job opportunities
are increasing. The majority of respiratory therapist jobs are
located in hospital settings, however many therapists are working in
home care or nursing care facilities.
The equipment used by a
respiratory therapist can sometimes be hazardous, so safety
precautions must be followed carefully.
Respiratory therapy is a growing field mainly due to the rise in
both the infant and elderly population. Increasingly, more
respiratory therapy job openings are becoming available,
specifically in the travel healthcare field.
Currently, there are
more respiratory therapist job opportunities at the advanced level,
which requires certification (CRTT) and an associate’s or bachelor’s
degree in the field from an accredited education program. Completing
additional training (RRT) and gaining additional skills may allow
occupational therapists to acquire jobs at a higher salary rate.
with experience working with the elderly or infants are in
particularly high demand.