Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Job Description

Working as an RRT, you’ll be assisting and treating patients suffering from breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders. This can include lung cancer patients, victims of a heart attack or stroke, and even premature infants and people with asthma. Mostly, Registered Respiratory Therapists evaluate lung capacity, perform chest physiotherapy, and monitor patient cardiopulmonary systems using diagnostic equipment and other analytic procedures. Working with other medical professionals like physicians and nurses, RRTs examine patients of all ages with varying health conditions in terms of severity.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report, RRTs median annual salaries were $57,790, with most professionals earning anywhere from $41,970 to $80,440 a year. From now until 2024, the projected job growth for RRTs is 12% — a rate that is much higher than most other professions!

Education Requirements for Becoming an RRT

To start, respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree for entry-level jobs, but some positions will require more advanced schooling and either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The core education of an RRT consists of extensive courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology. Some of the more advanced coursework students encounter includes cardiopulmonary diagnostics and pulmonary rehabilitation. Beyond this, the capstone requirements of most programs are that students receive clinical experience with respiratory therapy techniques under professional supervision.

Becoming an RRT also requires licensing requirements, as well as background checks in that many work with children and the elderly. A common requirement for licensure is receiving a certification from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), an organization that offers two major licenses:

Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Credential - Covers knowledge of patient care, equipment handling, and quality control for those with at least an associate’s degree after passing the qualifying exam.

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential - Must be a CRT, meet the educational and experience requirements, and pass two exams. Covers topics in analysis, clinical procedures, and data collection.

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LRS Healthcare - San Diego, CA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist - 12 hour Variable Shifts staffing. In partnering with many of the nation's largest and most prestigious healthcare facilities, as well as small community hospitals, the company has grown to become a leading provider of travel...
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LRS Healthcare - Waterloo, IA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist/Local staffing. In partnering with many of the nation's largest and most prestigious healthcare facilities, as well as small community hospitals, the company has grown to become a leading provider of travel and temporary Respiratory...
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TotalMed Staffing - Hickory, NC

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyDay 12 (7:00 AM - 7:00 PM)Hickory, NCPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Neonatal Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated to ensuring each...
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TotalMed Staffing - San Diego, CA

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyHours Per Shift: 12, Shift Start Time: 07:00 AMSan Diego, CAPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Neonatal Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated...
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TotalMed Staffing - San Diego, CA

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyHours Per Shift: 12, Shift Start Time: 07:00 AMSan Diego, CAPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Neonatal Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated...
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TotalMed Staffing - Waterloo, IA

Job DetailsPediatric Respiratory TherapyHours Per Shift: 08, Shift Start Time: 02:00 PM, Shift Notes: The hours are 1445-2315 during the week and 0530-1400 every other weekend.Waterloo, IAPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Pediatric Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will...
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TotalMed Staffing - Wilmington, NC

Job DetailsElectrocardiogram Respiratory TherapyPA 6:45 PM 7:15 AMWilmington, NCPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Electrocardiogram Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated to ensuring each caregiver has...
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TotalMed Staffing - Anderson, SC

Job DetailsRespiratory TherapyOvernight (7:00 PM - 7:00 AM)Anderson, SCPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Respiratory Therapy. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated to ensuring each caregiver has...
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TotalMed Staffing - Boca Raton, FL

Job DetailsSeasonal Travel: Respiratory Therapist / Registered7:00-19:00Boca Raton, FLPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Seasonal Travel: Respiratory Therapist / Registered. Although you may be traveling to a different state, our committed recruiters will make sure you never feel far from home!The staff at TotalMed is dedicated...
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LRS Healthcare - San Diego, CA

For well over a decade, LRS Healthcare has been an industry leader in Respiratory Therapist - 12 hour Variable Shifts staffing. In partnering with many of the nation's largest and most prestigious healthcare facilities, as well as small community hospitals, the company has grown to become a leading provider of travel...
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Club Staffing - Odessa, TX

SHIFT: DAYS, 7p-7a
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Club Staffing - Indianapolis, IN

SHIFT: Nights (1900-0730); every fourth weekend. NO CALL.
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Soliant Health - Portland, ME

We are currently seeking a Registered Respiratory Therapist that can fulfill a 13-week assignment outside of Portland. The shifts would be 3-12s, Thursday-Sunday.If you are a RRT that is open to opportunities in Maine, we would love to help you find your next opportunity. Join our travel team...
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Soliant Health - Greenville, NC

Registered Respiratory Therapist Job in Greenville, North Carolina - RRT My client and I are offering great travel assignments in Greenville, NC for RRT 13 week contract. She needs somebody as soon as possible! All Resumes are being considered for this position. We are in search for a candidate...
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Soliant Health - Belleville, IL

Soliant is seeking Registered Respiratory Therapists who are interested in a travel contract near Belleville, Illinois, which is just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The hospital respiratory director needs a therapist with 1+ years of experience in routine and advanced diagnostic respiratory care. An Illinois state license and life support certifications...
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Soliant Health - Columbia, SC

Let’s take a trip to “Cola” city!  We are currently looking for a Respiratory Therapist to fulfill a full time 13-week assignment in Columbia. The facility is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to patient satisfaction, innovation in healthcare, and efficiency in stellar clinical care.If...
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Soliant Health - Santa Fe, NM

Travel Respiratory Therapist is wanted in New Mexico. Well known for its natural beauty and historic culture. Explore the breath-taking views in a hot air balloon or enjoy a sunrise at one of its nationally recognized parks. This assignment would be a treat to call home for the next 13 weeks....
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Club Staffing - Lubbock, TX

Respiratory Therapist needed for a 3 month assignment to start in January.
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Club Staffing - Lubbock, TX

Respiratory Therapist needed for a 3 month assignment to start in January.
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Dec 14, 2017

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Club Staffing - West Hills, CA

SHIFT: Variable; mostly days occasional nights and every other weekend. On call requirement: Available only on pre- advanced notice. No weekend call.
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