Respiratory Therapy Aide

Look after respiratory therapy equipment.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Respiratory Therapy Aides do?

Not to be confused with a Respiratory Therapy Assistant, a Respiratory Therapy Aide spends his time maintaining and monitoring respiratory therapy equipment instead of working directly with patients. Respiratory Therapy Aides act as hands-on Secretaries and Repairmen, keeping records updated and the inventory itself clean and properly functioning.

Respiratory therapy treats problems with the heart, the lungs, and breathing in general. Working as a Respiratory Therapy Aide offers a glimpse into this medical field, and can serve as a stepping stone to a Respiratory Therapy Assistant or Respiratory Therapist career.

Therapists need well-maintained equipment to treat patients safely, and that’s what you provide. During your work shift, you make your rounds through the clinic or hospital, checking, cleaning, and storing equipment. You put away machines and sterilize mouthpieces. You also inspect hoses for leaks or cuts, and wrap them up so no one trips on them.

While you don’t treat the patients themselves, you’re still one of the key staff members who ensure that visits go smoothly. Thanks to your efforts, patients will soon breathe easy once again.

Should I be a Respiratory Therapy Aide?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Inhalation Therapy Aide

    How to become a Respiratory Therapy Aide

    Most Respiratory Therapy Aides have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jgaaa&chl=no+college+%2860%25%29|certificate+%2834%25%29|associate%27s+%286%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,60,60
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