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Fast Facts?

  • Average Annual Salary $82,978
  • Hourly Pay Entry Level: $25.65
    Median: $30.57
    Experienced: $37.52
  • Growth (2014-2019)9%
  • Openings (2014-2019)31
  • Current Employment 984
  • Projected Employment 997
  • Typical Entry-level Education Associate degree

Respiratory Therapists

Employment, 2004 - 2019

Top Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Critical Care
  • Therapy
  • Modalities
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Organization
  • Troubleshooting
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Communication
  • Typing

occupational tasks

  • 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

Gender Breakdown: Male/Female (percentages)