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- Respiratory therapist
- Respiratory care practitioners
- Supervisory or managerial positions in a respiratory therapy department.
- Respiratory therapists in home care and equipment rental firms may become branch manager.
- Sales representatives
- Equipment designers for equipment manufacturers.
Typical Places of Employment - [Back to Top]
- Hospitals (departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine) and medical centers
- Durable medical equipment rental companies, home health agencies, and nursing homes
Required Skills and Abilities - [Back to Top]
- Compassion: People and families dealing with breathing issues need emotional support and understanding.
- Attention to Detail: Respiratory therapists must make sure they closely monitor their patients, so that the proper care and medication is given.
- Interpersonal Skills: Respiratory therapists work with a team of peers, and work closely with patients. The ability to speak clearly when giving instructions and listen to concerns is very useful.
- Patience: Clients often need a lot of attention, or will have trouble learning the techniques they are being taught. Patience is key.
- Problem-Solving: Evaluating a patient's needs and determining the best course of action is very important to the job.
- Science and Math Skills: Knowing sciences like anatomy and physiology, and using math to figure out medical dosage is necessary.
(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)
||The Johns Hopkins Hospital NICU
||Hospital Pharmaceuticals Specialist
||Peninsula Regional Medical Center
||Jude C. Muneses, MD
Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - [Back to Top]
- Occupation Description: 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.
- American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Main Webpage
- AARC Career Video (Scroll down to What is an RT-Breath and Life Video)
- Explore Health Careers-Respiratory Therapist
- Guide to College Major in Respiratory Therapy
- Health Careers Spotlight: Respiratory Therapist
- Respiratory Therapist Careers – Opportunities and Salary Range. 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, particularly for traveling therapist.
- Respiratory Therapist Career - Options and Outlook
- Respiratory Therapist: Career Information
- Respiratory Therapist information from Occupational Outlook Handbook.
- Respiratory Therapy Careers, Jobs, and Employment Information
- Respiratory Therapy Technicians - Interesting Career Overview.
- Sample Resumes by Major
- Other Health-Related Options -Links to various health careers and the career opportunities associated with them.