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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Aug 21, 2017

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Club Staffing - Susanville, CA

SHIFT: VARIED HOURS. Call duty as required by department.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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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Sacramento, CA

Job DetailsRespiratory Therapy02:45 PM to 11:15 PMSacramento, CAPack 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 success...
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Aug 17, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Oklahoma City, OK

Job DetailsPediatric Intensive Care Unit Respiratory Therapy19:00-7:00Oklahoma City, OKPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 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...
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Aug 20, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Oklahoma City, OK

MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality Respiratory Therapist for a contract with one of our top healthcare clients.Benefits of being a MedPro EmployeeThe MedPro Experience program – we embrace and celebrate all our healthcare professionals!Immediate access to the industry's best recruiters and...
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Aug 20, 2017

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Soliant Health - Tyler, TX

Soliant Health is looking for travel Registered Respiratory Therapist for positions throughout the United States. In order to be considered you need to have a minimum of 2+ years’ experience and hold license within the state of interest. Our clients also look for other certifications as well such as; BLS...
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TotalMed Staffing - San Diego, CA

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyHours Per Shift: 12, Shift Start Time: 07:00 PMSan 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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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Oklahoma City, OK

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory Therapy19:00-7:00Oklahoma City, OKPack 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 caregiver...
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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Sacramento, CA

Job DetailsRespiratory Therapy02:45 PM to 11:15 PMSacramento, CAPack 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 success...
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Aug 21, 2017

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Club Staffing - Oklahoma City, OK

SHIFT: 7p-7a, every other weekend obligation (Sat / Sun). Dependent on start date - Holiday obligation (eve and night of)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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Aug 20, 2017

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Soliant Health - Worcester, MA

Soliant is working with a great hospital in the Worcester, MA area that is looking for one registered respiratory therapist to join the travel staff later in the year. This will be a great assignment for working and saving, as you can work 48 hours per week (4 12-hour shifts from 7am...
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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Grand Rapids, MI

Job DetailsCritical Care Unit Respiratory TherapyNightsGrand Rapids, MIPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Critical Care Unit 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...
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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Wailuku, HI

Job DetailsRespiratory Therapy07:00 AM to 07:30 PMWailuku, HIPack 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 success...
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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Phoenix, AZ

Job DetailsEmergency Room Respiratory TherapyWeekends, Days, Weekends, Days (40 hour)Phoenix, AZPack 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...
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Aug 20, 2017

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Soliant Health - Grand Rapids, MI

We currently have a travel job opening for an experienced RRT to come work in a hospital near Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is a cool city with a short drive to the lakeside. The job itself will involve mostly day shifts with occasional nights and 36 hours per week. We will...
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Aug 20, 2017

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Soliant Health - Whitefish, MT

 Absolutely stunning location to do your next 13 week travel assignment. Mountain views and fresh water streams to enjoy everyday on this picture perfect travel job. Travel Respiratory Therapist is needed in Whitefish, Montana. The position is for a 13 week travel assignment with the possibility for an extension. Need a...
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Aug 20, 2017

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Soliant Health - Norman, OK

A Registered Respiratory Therapist is needed at a medical facility in Norman Oklahoma. Pick your shift - day or night! 3 12s. See below for qualifications. This is agreat opportunity for a first time or veteran traveler.  Qualifications: 2 Years Previous Experience NICU and/or PICU preferred CPR/ACLS/NRP/...
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Aug 21, 2017

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Club Staffing - Berkeley, CA

FT Hours 3-12's 36hours nightsThe 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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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Medford, OR

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory Therapy6:45am - 7:15pmMedford, ORPack 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 caregiver...
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Aug 20, 2017

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Soliant Health - North Pole, AK

Known for its diverse terrain, Alaska is home to some of the most spectacular sites in the United States. Travel here for a 13 week contract position with potential extension. Shifts are three 12s. Respiratory Therapist will be working with all patient populations. This is a great opportunity for travelers to...
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Aug 20, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Iron River, MI

Job DetailsCardiopulmonary Respiratory Therapy3 - 12 hrs shifts 0745-2015Iron River, MIPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Cardiopulmonary 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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