Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Median Annual Wage: $47,810

Education: Associate's degree (63%); Bachelor's degree (29%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (7%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT); Respiratory Technician; Pulmonary Function Technician (PF Technician); Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT); Registered Respiratory Therapist (Staff); Respiratory Care Assistant (RCA); Respiratory Director; Respiratory Supervisor; Respiratory Therapy Assistant; Respiratory Therapy Technician (RTT)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Respiratory Therapy Technicians.

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  • Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
  • Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.
  • Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
  • Follow and enforce safety rules applying to equipment.
  • Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.
  • Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.
  • Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.
  • Administer breathing or oxygen procedures, such as intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments, ultrasonic nebulizer treatments, or incentive spirometer treatments.
  • Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.
  • Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
  • Explain treatment procedures to patients.
  • Interview or examine patients to collect clinical data.
  • Provide respiratory care involving the application of well-defined therapeutic techniques under the supervision of a respiratory therapist and a physician.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.
  • Clean, sterilize, check, and maintain respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Teach patients how to use respiratory equipment at home.
  • Recommend or review bedside procedures, x-rays, or laboratory tests.
  • Teach or oversee other workers who provide respiratory care services.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Respiratory Therapy Technicians.

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Respiratory Therapy Technicians.

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