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Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Also called: Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT), Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT), Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Therapy Technician (RTT)

What they do:
Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • quickly know what you are looking at
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Omnicare Cypress Therapy Management
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$47,040
per year, on average
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