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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May 23, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Keene, NH

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling Registered Respiratory Therapist - RRT to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure,...
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May 23, 2019

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Therapists Unlimited - Lakeland, FL

RT Respiratory Therapist – NICU CareerStaff Unlimited is looking to hire a Respiratory Therapist for full-time, contract opportunities in Lakeland, Florida. Qualified therapists will have at least two years of NICU experience and have a strong focus in patient care. This position offers the option of day or...
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Triage Staffing LLC. - Charlotte, NC

Travel Respiratory Therapist Charlotte, NCLocation:         Charlotte, NCStart Date:       6/10/2019Shift Details:   12H Days ( 7:00 AM-7:00 PM )                  &...
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May 23, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Charlotte, NC

Travel Respiratory Therapist Charlotte, NCLocation:         Charlotte, NCStart Date:       6/10/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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May 22, 2019

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Preferred Healthcare Staffing - Bismarck, ND

Respiratory Therapist – Acute Care Acute Care Facilities in Bismarck, ND are looking for Respiratory Therapists to join their team for a 13-week travel assignment with the possibility to extend. Typical procedures performed in the unit include: medication administration, breathing treatments, oxygen management, ventilator management, and trach care management. For...
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May 23, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Charlotte, NC

Travel Respiratory Therapist Charlotte, NCLocation:         Charlotte, NCStart Date:       6/10/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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May 23, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Charlotte, NC

Travel Respiratory Therapist Charlotte, NCLocation:         Charlotte, NCStart Date:       6/10/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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May 23, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Charlotte, NC

Travel Respiratory Therapist Charlotte, NCLocation:         Charlotte, NCStart Date:       6/10/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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May 23, 2019

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Triage Staffing LLC. - Charlotte, NC

Travel Respiratory Therapist Charlotte, NCLocation:         Charlotte, NCStart Date:       6/10/2019Shift Details:   12H Nights ( 7:00 PM-7:00 AM )                  &...
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May 23, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Robbinsdale, MN

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling 3510 - Resp to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is...
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May 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - San Diego, CA

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling RRT to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is a...
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May 21, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - San Diego, CA

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling RRT to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is a...
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May 21, 2019
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TaleMed - Bloomington, IN

Respiratory Therapists (RT) assess and treat patients with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary issues. RTs work with patients of all ages from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to senior citizens with COPD. TaleMed is one of the fastest-growing travel agencies in the US. This position spans 13 weeks with the possibility of...
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May 21, 2019
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TaleMed - Milwaukee, WI

Respiratory Therapists (RT) assess and treat patients with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary issues. RTs work with patients of all ages from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs to senior citizens with COPD. TaleMed is one of the fastest-growing travel agencies in the US. This position spans 13 weeks with the possibility of...
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May 23, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Richmond, VA

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling Respiratory to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is a...
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May 23, 2019

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Cross Country Allied - Seattle, WA

Travel Registered Respiratory Therapist / RRTAs one of the largest and most recognized providers of healthcare professionals, Cross Country Allied has exciting Travel RRT opportunities you want and the pay and benefits you deserve.Our experienced recruiters match Registered Respiratory Therapists like you with top healthcare facilities throughout the country. Our...
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May 16, 2019
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FlexCare Medical Staffing - Stockbridge, GA

FlexCare is a nationwide leader in the staffing of travel nurses and clinicians. With access to thousands of facilities around the country, our mission is to deliver premier travel staffing solutions with integrity and transparency. FlexCare’s exceptional service and reputation make it one of the most awarded healthcare staffing...
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LRS Healthcare - Loveland, CO

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling 12003500 - MCR RT to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare...
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LRS Healthcare - Lincoln City, OR

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling Respiratory Therapy to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is...
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May 22, 2019

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LRS Healthcare - Williamstown, NJ

Come work at LRS Healthcare, the leading company in our industry. We`re proud of our 4.7 rating on Glassdoor and 4.6 rating on Indeed. We are seeking to hire a talented traveling to join our existing top-notch team. If you`re a hard-working professional seeking adventure, LRS Healthcare is a perfect...
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