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Respiratory Therapists

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Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.


  • Job opportunities should be very good.
  • Hospitals will account for the vast majority of job openings, but a growing number of openings will arise in other settings.
  • An associate degree is the minimum educational requirement, but a bachelor's or master's degree may be important for advancement.
  • All States, except Alaska and Hawaii, require respiratory therapists to be licensed.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $55,250/yr ($27.63/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Associates Degree