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Therapist, Respiratory
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ActivitiesEvaluate, treat, and care for people who have breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Have major responsibility for all respiratory care approaches, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Start and carry out therapeutic procedures, maintain patient records, and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$54,280 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsRespiratory therapists generally work between 35 and 40 hours a week. Because hospitals operate around the clock, therapists may work evenings, nights, or weekends.

Minimum Education RequirementsAssociate's Degree

SkillsMonitoring, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Time Management, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Problem Sensitivity, Speech Clarity, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsDennis Brown
Kevilin Prah