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Respiratory Therapy Careers

Careers in respiratory therapy are in high demand – more than ever before. A career in this field provides excellent job stability due to the continued growth in this constantly changing field. A career in respiratory therapy can give you a chance to make a lasting, meaningful impact in the lives of others – which makes this rewarding career, so much more than just a job.

While you may have already been considering a career in the medical field, there are so many different professions – How do you know if a career in respiratory therapy is right for you? It's not a simple choice to make, but if the following statements apply to you – then you might find that a career in respiratory therapy is just what you've been searching for.

Does this sound like you?

  • I love helping people who need my help.
  • I like a job with a lot of variety, so I don't get bored.
  • I excel in subjects like math and science.
  • I appreciate the freedom of choosing who I want to work with and the type of places where I work.
  • I am searching for a career with lots of opportunities to advance.

If you are interested in finding out what a career in respiratory therapy would be like then, it's important to understand that respiratory license is required in all states including, DC and Puerto Rico (with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii). Respiratory therapists are required to take formal training, in order to enter the field of respiratory therapy.

Respiratory therapists and other respiratory care practitioners work closely with physicians to provide respiratory care. Respiratory care practitioners –including, respiratory therapy technicians and respiratory therapists – work one-on-one with patients to examine, assess, treat and care breathing disorders or other cardiopulmonary conditions.

An ideal candidate for a respiratory therapy career is an individual who pays close attention to detail, is able to work as park of a team, and follows instruction well. Respiratory care practitioners should be sensitive to the patient's psychological and physical needs. Additionally, respiratory therapy technicians and therapists should be skilled in computers, especially in terms of operating advanced equipment for the job.

The career outlook for respiratory therapists is expected to be very good, especially for respiratory therapists who are skilled in cardiopulmonary or have experience working with infants with breathing problems. Hospitals continue to be the top employer of individuals who have been trained in the respiratory field, however, the numbers are growing increasingly for respiratory therapists who are working in other settings.

Careers in respiratory therapy are expected to grow faster than any other occupation through 2014, due to the increasing population of middle-aged and elderly throughout the U.S., which will lead to a heightened demand for the treatment of cardiopulmonary disease, and the ever-changing role of respiratory therapists who are now, providing early detection in pulmonary diseases, disease prevention, case management and emergency care. There's never been a better time than now, to get started in a rewarding career in the respiratory therapy field.