Careers and Outcomes

An increase in respiratory problems resulting from conditions like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia – respiratory disorders that permanently damage the lungs or restrict lung function – will affect the growing and aging population.

These factors will lead to an increased demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments.

The employment opportunities for students with a degree in respiratory therapy will continue to increase and maintain a positive outlook.

Find your future in respiratory therapy

Most respiratory therapists are employed in:

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

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

The therapist’s training leads to extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and clinical medicine. Individuals who want to assist others by combining personal interaction with technical skills are well suited to this profession.