Careers and Outcomes

A growing and aging population suffers respiratory problems from conditions like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia.

Patients face permanent lung damage or restricted lung function.

These factors will lead to an increased demand for respiratory therapists.

Find your future in respiratory therapy

Most respiratory therapists work at:

  • Clinics
  • Companies providing emergency oxygen services
  • Hospitals
  • Municipal organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Private practices
  • Public health facilities

You're well-suited for this profession if you want to assist others by combining personal interaction with technical skills.

Career preparation

Respiratory therapists perform procedures crucial in maintaining the lives of seriously ill patients with respiratory and cardiopulmonary problems. Respiratory therapists:

  • Administer various types of gas, aerosol and breathing treatments
  • Assist with long-term continuous artificial ventilation
  • Maintain respiratory therapy equipment
  • Maintain records of patients' therapies
  • Teach patients how to use recommended treatments

Your training gives you extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical medicine.