Work with patients who have difficulty breathing.
No pressure, but remember, your patients are counting on you for the breath that keeps them alive. Sound good? Then you should consider working as a Respiratory Therapist. In this position, you evaluate, treat, and care for patients who suffer from breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders.
Under the supervision of a Physician, you administer therapeutic treatments, perform diagnostic procedures, and oversee Respiratory Therapy Technicians. You’re also responsible for developing patient care plans, while the patients are under medical supervision and even after they go home, to ensure that breathing remains possible.
What is the Respiratory Therapist salary I should expect?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average Respiratory Therapist salary is $52,200. Although you may not strike it rich as a Respiratory Therapist, you’ll earn a rewarding salary for a rewarding job. How much more reward do you need than seeing your patient breathing better than he has in years, or on his own after coming off life support? The middle of the pack of Respiratory Therapist wages range from $44,490 to $61,720, proving there’s plenty of room to grow should you find yourself in the lowest-paid bracket making less than $37,920 per year.
What influences Respiratory Therapist wages?
Many factors are typically involved in determining the wages for any particular job category. With Respiratory Therapist wages, these factors include experience, location, education, and type of employer. Working for a large hospital is likely to pay you more than working for a small home health care agency.
Are jobs available in this field?
The entire health care industry continues to expand and grow, and the field of respiratory therapy is no exception. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this field will grow at a much faster rate than average — by as much as 21 percent — through 2018. The increasing demands of an aging population, many of whom suffer from chronic diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema, and heart disease, mean an increased need for respiratory therapy.