A Respiratory Therapist (RT) provides direct care for patients with respiratory issues or diseases. An RT works with mechanical ventilators, patient airways, administers breathing treatments and does analysis of blood to determine patient status. An RT may work in hospitals (intensive care units, emergency rooms, operating rooms, pediatric units, general floors), sleep laboratories, skilled nursing facilities, home health care, or in a doctor's office.
|2015 Median Pay||$48,490 - $57,790 per year|
|Number of Jobs 2014 - 2024||up to 43,300|
* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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