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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Apr 27, 2017

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CompHealth - , TX

This is a NICU RRT need in Texas. Night shifts, 6p-6a. Looking for candidates with at least 2 years of NICU experience. Call today for more information!March start13 weeks12-hr nights, 6p-6aFirst day comprehensive medical insurance, domestic partner benefit and 401(K)Full service licensing department covers all fees...
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Apr 27, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Steamboat Springs, CO

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyRT covers shifts 24/7. 06:45-19:15; 18:45-07:15Steamboat Springs, COPack 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...
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Apr 27, 2017

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Soliant Health - San Francisco, CA

Registered Respiratory Therapist need in San Francisco CA. This is a 13 week travel contract.Must have CA License and have worked with a variety of age groups. BLS, ACLS, NRP. The City by the Bay is San Francisco a great environment to live with a relaxed and easy feeling....
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Sioux City, SD

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Houston, TX

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 26, 2017

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Club Staffing - Kodiak, AK

SHIFT: 10 hour varied shiftsThe role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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Apr 27, 2017

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Club Staffing - Hilo, HI

SHIFT: Rotating 12 hour shifts, Weekends. Will not alone, No call required.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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Apr 27, 2017

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Club Staffing - Palo Alto, CA

Northern CA academic facility is seeking a CA licensed RRT for a long term clinical trial. Bachelor's Degree in respiratory care, cardiorespiratory sciences or related area" Registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC - RRT credential) with RPFT specialty credential" 1 year of experience with performing pulmonary function testing...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Little Rock, AR

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Lincoln, NE

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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TotalMed Staffing - Los Gatos, CA

Job DetailsEmergency Room Respiratory TherapyLos Gatos, CAPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Emergency Room 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...
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Med Travelers - Hilo, HI

SHIFT: Rotating 12 hour shifts, Weekends. Will not alone, No call required.The role of the registered respiratory therapist (ERT) is to assist certified respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals in the care of patients needing improved respiratory function.
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - San Antonio, TX

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 27, 2017

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CompHealth - , NM

RRT need in eastern New Mexico. Immediate start, 12-hr day or night shifts available. 13-week assignment. Temp to perm desired. Call today for more information!Immediate start12-hr days or nights13 weeksFirst day comprehensive medical insurance, domestic partner benefit and 401(K)Full service licensing department covers all fees and document...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Roswell, NM

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Santa Fe, NM

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 27, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Clinton, MD

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory Therapy8.00 hr - AM ShiftClinton, MDPack 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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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Austin, TX

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - San Francisco, CA

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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Apr 24, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Phoenix, AZ

Provides skilled RRT services/interventions in accordance with Physician ordersCollaborates with all disciplines to plan and evaluate team goals for each patient Making sure the proper documentation is being done along wth great overall communicationExpected to hit the ground running with minimal orientation and be flexible with work ScheduleAbility to...
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