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Life As a Respiratory Therapy Technician

Career Description Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Daily Life Of a Respiratory Therapy Technician

  • Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
  • Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.
  • Administer breathing or oxygen procedures, such as intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments, ultrasonic nebulizer treatments, or incentive spirometer treatments.
  • Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.
  • Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
  • Teach patients how to use respiratory equipment at home.

Skills Needed to be a Respiratory Therapy Technician

These are the skills Respiratory Therapy Technicians say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Other Respiratory Therapy Technician Job Titles

  • Respiratory Technician
  • Respiratory Care Technician
  • Respiratory Director
  • In-Home Therapist
  • Registered Respiratory Therapy Technician

Job Outlook for Respiratory Therapy Technicians

In the United States, there were 10,800 jobs for Respiratory Therapy Technician in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Respiratory Therapy Technician.


The states with the most job growth for Respiratory Therapy Technician are Maryland, Texas, and Nebraska. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Illinois, or Indiana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Respiratory Therapy Technician Salary

Respiratory Therapy Technicians make between $31,240 and $73,530 a year.


Respiratory Therapy Technicians who work in Nevada, New Jersey, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do Respiratory Therapy Technicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,740
Arizona $58,900
Arkansas $47,050
California $48,150
Colorado $42,070
Connecticut $54,680
Florida $49,670
Georgia $48,160
Hawaii $58,770
Illinois $56,340
Indiana $49,780
Iowa $44,690
Kansas $45,390
Kentucky $42,850
Louisiana $49,010
Maryland $61,220
Massachusetts $60,060
Michigan $38,420
Mississippi $45,730
Missouri $53,470
Nebraska $46,820
Nevada $78,380
New Hampshire $51,850
New Jersey $64,260
New York $56,780
Ohio $46,980
Oregon $55,270
Pennsylvania $47,430
South Carolina $49,520
Tennessee $40,560
Texas $51,930
Utah $49,680
Virginia $52,830
Washington $58,190
West Virginia $51,700
Wisconsin $37,290

Tools & Technologies Used by Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Respiratory Therapy Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Becoming a Respiratory Therapy Technician

Individuals working as a Respiratory Therapy Technician have obtained the following education levels:


How Long Does it Take to Become a Respiratory Therapy Technician?


Where do Respiratory Therapy Technicians Work?


The table below shows the approximate number of Respiratory Therapy Technicians employed by various industries.


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Career changers with experience as a Respiratory Therapy Technician sometimes find work in one of the following fields:


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