Respiratory Care Worker Career Field

respiratory care workerRespiratory care workers are also often referred to as respiratory care technicians. They work under the supervision of respiratory therapists and doctors. They assist in evaluating, treating, and caring for patients who suffer from breathing and cardiopulmonary medical problems.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

College Certification in Respiratory Therapy (1 year)
Associate’s Degree in Respiratory Therapy (2 year)

An associate’s degree in respiratory therapy is generally required to work in the field. However, some respiratory care workers obtain a college certification from a vocational or trade school or college and can obtain entry level positions with this educational credential.

Educational Courses

Physiology
Health
Anatomy
Medical Terminology
First Aid
Principles of Respiratory Therapy
Beginning Clinical Practice
Laboratory
Basic Patient Care
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation

Employment Statistics

Number Employed in 2008: 16,500
Projected Employment through 2018: 16,400
Average Annual Pay for Respiratory Care Workers in 2008: $42,430

Great Colleges

Carrington College
Fortis College
Keiser University
University of Phoenix
Northwest College

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Article Reference: bls.gov

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