Respiratory Care Practitioners provide prescribed care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. They assemble, operate and monitor devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, pulmonary function testing equipment and aerosol generators. Examples of their responsibilities include managing patients on mechanical ventilation, assisting patients with breathing exercises, pharmacologic education, and monitoring patients’ physiological responses to therapy.

Respiratory_Therapy_CEAbout the Respiratory Care Profession

If you are interested in an exciting health profession, Respiratory Care certainly deserves a close look. Respiratory Care Practitioners provide prescribed care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. They assemble, operate and monitor devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, pulmonary function testing equipment and aerosol generators. Examples of their responsibilities include managing patients on mechanical ventilation, assisting patients with breathing exercises, pharmacologic education, and monitoring patients’ physiological responses to therapy.

Respiratory Care is one of the fastest growing health professions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a very good job outlook for Respiratory Therapy. Employment opportunities are projected to increase by 21%, from 2018-2028, which is faster than the average occupation. Recent advances in medicine require the respiratory care practitioner to assume greater responsibility in the treatment of adults and infants with cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

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Respiratory Care Practitioners exercise a considerable degree of independent clinical judgment in the care of patients under the direct or indirect supervision of a physician. Further, respiratory care practitioners serve as a valuable resource to the physician regarding safe and effective treatment of their patients.

More than 80% of Respiratory Care Practitioners work in hospitals but many also work in home care, physician’s offices, sales, research & development,  and long term acute care hospitals. The career potential for respiratory care in most areas is good to excellent and this is predicted to continue in the coming decades. Respiratory Therapy (RT) Program graduates are actively recruited and many receive multiple job offers. Upon successful completion of the NBRC Registry Board Exams, Respiratory Care Practitioners can expect an average salary of $61,330 (according to U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019). Respiratory Therapy is also included in the top 25 of the best 100 healthcare jobs for 2013!

For more information on job outlook, visit the American Association for Respiratory Care.