Respiratory Therapy Career Information

Respiratory Therapy Careers and Schools

Even in these tough economic times the Healthcare industry is thriving. There are many different career opportunities available in the healthcare industry, all you need is the proper training. You can learn about the Respiratory Therapy field here.

What does a Respiratory Therapist do?

A respiratory therapist is a specialized practitioner who provides treatment for patients with breathing problems such as asthma and emphysema. They are trained to provide emergency care for patients who have suffered from a heart attack or stroke. Respiratory therapists often initiate life support and stabilization for intensive care patients. These specialized practitioners often work in hospitals, nursing facilities, or travel to a patient’s home.

What kind of certification will I need?

After obtaining their associate’s degree, a respiratory therapist must complete a certification process offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Respiratory therapists may obtain either the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential or the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) certification.

What kind of salary can I expect to earn?

A respiratory therapist can expect to earn $26. 10 per hour and $54,280 per year*

How long will I be in school?

Typically, to meet the entry-level educational requirements, a respiratory therapist will have completed their two-year associate’s degree.

*information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics