Respiratory Thearpist

Lanie Miles

Does this career go along with your personal interest?

I'm good with people so I think this would be a good job for me. I also think the respiratory system is pretty cool.

What type of education is required for my career?

Complete either 2-year associate's degree or 4-year bachelor's degree programs. Upon graduation, you can choose to sit for a national exam to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).

What is the average cost for the entire education of your career choice?

Associate's Degree- $46,228 at UNCW


I think it would be a cool job. My non-smoking quotes could come in handy for those who have breathing problems because they smoke. I like working with people and this is a people job. Also, it'd be a neat job, never a dull moment.

This career makes good money. It looks like a fun and exciting job. I didn't know if I wanted to be in the medical field but I think now that I've found this job it'd be fun. That's pretty much why I chose this career.

3 colleges?


- Wilkes Community

- Duke

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Salary Range?

2 year degree- $51,709-$63,525

What is the employment outlook and opportunities?

Outlook- Respiratory therapists 19% as of 2012

Opportunities- Due to the growing percentage of older people, who have higher incidences of respiratory conditions and illnesses like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and pneumonia. This gives you more patients to work with.

Basic Job Duties?

Helps patient accomplish treatment plan and supports life by administering inhalants; operating mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, and aerosol generators.

Interesting Facts...

-Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.

-Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient's lungs to allow easier breathing.

-Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.

- Acronym- RT

What surprised me?

What surprised me most was that you could have an associates degree. Also, the salary surprised me too. I didn't know they helped premature babies take their first breaths either. But other than that nothing really surprised me.

Now that you've researched?

Now that I've researched I would probably get a 4-year degree to make more money. I don't think I would change my career options. I think this would be a great career choice for me.
Respiratory Therapy Program at South Texas College