​​​What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

Respiratory therapists provide:

  • Oxygen therapy

  • Pulmonary medications

  • Chest physiotherapy

  • Diagnostic testing

  • Basic and advanced neonatal life support with mechanical ventilation

  • Operating sophisticated and complex medical equipment.


Demand in the Healthcare Industry

The demand for respiratory therapists is expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace. The respiratory care profession has a bright future with a great deal of job security and opportunity for advancement.

Occupational Outlook Handbook on Respiratory Therapists - Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Occupation Profile

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Areas of Specialization 

  • Hospitals

  • Intensive Care Units

  • Emergency Rooms

  • In newborn and pediatric units helping kids

  • In patient’s homes

  • In doctor’s offices

  • In air transport and ambulance programs rushing to rescue people in need of immediate medical attention