What Is a Respiratory Therapy Technician?
A respiratory therapy technician is trained in using ventilators, oxygen devices, and breathing apparatus to assist those who are having trouble breathing. Under the supervision of a physician or respiratory therapist, the technician is responsible for carrying out the physician's orders and keeps a record of all actions and apparatus used during treatment, as well as the patient's response to treatment.
The average annual salary for respiratory therapy technicians is $42,430, and most people who work in this area are employed by hospitals or other care centres. To become a respiratory therapy technician one has to complete a one- or two-year program that is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
As a respiratory therapy technician you may be required to work evenings, nights, or weekends as required by the care center where you work. However, this is a very rewarding career with a wide range of employment possibilities.