Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Common job titles of Respiratory Therapy Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 63.43% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 29.07% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Clean, sterilize, check, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment.

    Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.

    Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.

    Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.

    Explain treatment procedures to patients.

    Follow and enforce safety rules applying to equipment.

    Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.

    Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.

    Administer breathing or oxygen procedures, such as intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments, ultrasonic nebulizer treatments, or incentive spirometer treatments.

    Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.

    Work with patients in areas such as the emergency rooms, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, or surgical intensive care, treating conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pneumonia.

    Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.

    Interview or examine patients to collect clinical data.

    Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.

    Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.

    Provide respiratory care involving the application of well-defined therapeutic techniques under the supervision of a respiratory therapist and a physician.

    Recommend or review bedside procedures, x-rays, or laboratory tests.

    Teach or oversee other workers who provide respiratory care services.

    Teach patients how to use respiratory equipment at home.


Venturi masks

Therapeutic humidifiers

Stress treadmill machines

Steam sterilizers

Sputum traps

Respiratory therapy air compressors


All Tools

Pulmonary function calculators

Postural drainage percussors

Portable volume ventilators

Pneumogram equipment

Pediatric oxygen masks

Oxygen therapy equipment

Oxygen tents

Oxygen flowmeters

Oxygen concentrators

Oropharyngeal suction equipment

Oral nasal face masks

Nasal suctioning equipment

Medical nasal cannulae

Medical aerosol tents

Mechanical stethoscopes

Laptop computers

Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus

Holter monitors

Handheld spirometers

Endotracheal suction equipment

Endotracheal ET tubes

Electronic compressor nebulizers

Electroencephalography EEG equipment

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Echocardiogram machines

Desktop computers

Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators

Chest shell ventilators


Blood gas analyzers

Blood drawing syringes

Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators

Bedside pulmonary function testing PFT equipment

Bag-valve masks

Arterial blood gas ABG machines

Apnea monitors

Aerosol masks

Adult oxygen masks


Omnicare Cypress Therapy Management

Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Ventilator operation software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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