Projected Growth: Decline
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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.
Stress treadmill machines
Respiratory therapy air compressors
Pulmonary function calculators
Postural drainage percussors
Portable volume ventilators
Pediatric oxygen masks
Oxygen therapy equipment
Oropharyngeal suction equipment
Oral nasal face masks
Nasal suctioning equipment
Medical nasal cannulae
Medical aerosol tents
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus
Endotracheal suction equipment
Endotracheal ET tubes
Electronic compressor nebulizers
Electroencephalography EEG equipment
Electrocardiography EKG machines
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
Arterial blood gas ABG machines
Adult oxygen masks
Omnicare Cypress Therapy Management
Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Ventilator operation software
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.
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.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
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.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
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
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.