• Respiratory Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 59,040
    $44,500 range bar $77,570
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing due to chronic respiratory diseases like COPD. They work with patients of all ages and provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.

What do they typically do

  • Monitor and record the progress of treatment
  • Interview and examine patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Maintain charts that contain patients' pertinent identification and therapy information
  • Treat patients by using a variety of methods, including chest physiotherapy and aerosol medications
  • Teach patients how to use treatments
  • Perform diagnostic tests such as measuring lung capacity
  • Supervise respiratory therapy technicians during tests and evaluate the findings of the tests
  • Consult with physicians to develop patient treatment plans

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.9%
Job Opening 353

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