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About Respiratory Care

The field of respiratory care offers individuals who enjoy working with people and who have an aptitude for working with technology, the opportunity to develop long and highly satisfying careers. Respiratory care professionals treat patients who exhibit a range of diverse health issues including asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer as well as those who are having respiratory problems related to trauma, strokes, heart attacks and premature birth.

Respiratory care professionals work in a broad array of health care settings including hospitals, clinics, sub-acute care facilities, physician’s offices, as well as in home care, research and educational facilities, and sleep labs. Work schedules are often flexible and salaries can range from $45,000 - $70,000 annually.

Respiratory therapists can specialize in a number of different areas after they graduate and can choose to advance along a variety of different career paths.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the job outlook for respiratory therapists is excellent.