- Treat various types of patients that suffer with short-term, long-term, and emergency cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) issues like heart attacks, strokes, shock, and drowning.
- Conduct diagnostic tests of patients' cardiopulmonary functions under a physician's directions.
- Specialize in areas like neonatal care, pediatric care, adult critical care and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.
- Work in hospitals, cardiopulmonary diagnostic labs, rehabilitation centers, and home care agencies.
Source: Texas H.O.T. Jobs
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Respiratory Therapists was projected to grow by 21% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for other occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be very good, especially for those with a Bachelor's Degree and the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) registry credential. With demand for Respiratory Therapists on the rise, salaries are following suit. The AARC 2009 Human Resources study projected the annual earnings of Respiratory Therapists working in the U.S. as $62,223.