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Respiratory Therapist

If you have strong sympathetic tendencies matched with a robust attention to detail, you might find yourself interested in a position as a respiratory therapist. The position would involve assisting those with respiratory problems and finding ways to help them overcome it through specific treatment techniques.

Duties

  • Consulting with physicians to find the proper treatment plans for patients
  • Assisting patients with a variety of methods such as chest physiotherapy and aerosol medications
  • Monitoring and recording the progress of treatments
  • Teaching patients the correct way to use their treatments
  • Interviewing patients and examining their breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Performing tests to assess lung capacity
  • Supervising respiratory therapy technicians when tests are conducted to gauge the results of the tests properly
  • Providing quality care for patients by directing pulmonary function tests
  • Staying up to date by attending educational workshops to maintain professional and technical knowledge

Desired Qualities

  • Detail oriented to ensure appropriate treatments and medications are provided to patients
  • Caring nature is necessary for emotional support
  • Must be patient due to long work periods
  • Strong problem-solving skills are essential to evaluating symptoms and finding appropriate treatments

Requirements

  • Associates Degree
  • No work experience in a related occupation necessary
  • Licensing which varies by state
    • License acquired by passing a state or professional certification exam

Understanding of anatomy, physiology, and other sciences