Respiratory Therapist Careers
So you think you want a career as a Respiratory Therapist? Ask yourself the following questions . . .
• Do you like studying such topics as biology, physics, chemistry, and health science?
• Do you like people?
• Are you interested in evaluating and treating individuals for breathing problems?
• Are you willing to work in a hospital setting if needed?
• Are you willing to work flexible hours depending on the needs of your position?
• Are you able to be sensitive to a patient’s physical and psychological needs?
The Facts About Respiratory Therapy
• A minimum of an associate’s degree is required to become a respiratory therapist. A Bachelors degree may be needed if you are looking to advance.
• Licensing is required in only 40 states however, it is strongly preferred everywhere.
• Job outlook is projected to be very strong.
• Most people working in respiratory therapy start off in a general care setting and advance to the care of critically ill patients.
• Safety precautions and regular maintenance and testing of equipment are necessary in order to minimize the risk of injury.
How Much Money Can I Make In Respiratory Therapy?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2007 the median annual salary for a Career in Respiratory Therapy was $47,420. The salary range for these positions was between $35,220 and $64,190. Your salary may depend on the state that you live in.
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Ready to Start A Career In Respiratory Therapy?
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If a Career in Respiratory Therapy isn’t what you are looking for, you may want to consider one of these other Healthcare Careers . . .
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