Respiratory Care Technician

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

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Related Job Titles

Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT), Pulmonary Function Technician (PF Technician), Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT), Registered Respiratory Therapist (Staff), Respiratory Care Assistant (RCA), Respiratory Director, Respiratory Supervisor, Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Therapy Technician (RTT)

Primary Tasks
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
  • Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.
Education Level
  • Associate's degree 63%
  • Bachelor's degree 29%
  • Post-baccalaureate certificate 7%
Median wages (2013) $22.61 hourly, $47,040 annual
Employment trends
  • Employment (2012) 14,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022) 3,600


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