Respiratory Therapists

Job Description

Respiratory therapists work under a physician’s supervision to take care of patients with lung problems. The patients might have chronic asthma or have suffered a heart attack, stroke or other disease or illness.

Academic Requirements

Respiratory therapists begin their careers by completing an associate’s degree, but a bachelor’s or master’s degree may lead to better career opportunities. The capstone requirement of many programs is clinical experience, which allows students to practice respiratory therapy techniques under the supervision of licensed therapists.

Respiratory Therapists
$40-60
Thousand
Average
Salary
High
Patient
Interaction
12.02%
Job
Growth
 
Medium
Blood
Interaction
Associate's Degree or Certificate
Education
Required

Schools

East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, 63084

St. Louis Community College – Forest Park

5600 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, 63110
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Career Spotlight

Stuart Mahan, Manager of Respiratory Care