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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Jun 23, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Denison, TX

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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Jun 24, 2017

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Med Travelers - Sacramento, CA

Respiratory Therapist needed for a 3 month assignment to start ASAP. 8 hour evening shifts.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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Jun 15, 2017

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CompHealth - , IA

This opportunity is available in a home health setting. Therapists will treat an adult population. A 13-week assignment, candidates with hospital experience are desired. Call us today for more details!ASAP start dateMust have at least one year of experience13 week assignmentFirst day comprehensive medical insurance, domestic partner benefit and 401(...
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Jun 23, 2017

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Soliant Health - Anchorage, AK

Do you like to travel? Do you like adventure? Travel Registered Respiratory Therapist is needed in Anchorage, Alaska. Now this is a travel assignment! This contract is able to blend the best of two worlds in one assignment. You will have the latest in healthcare technology in a challenging RRT...
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Jun 23, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Elmira, NY

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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Jun 23, 2017

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Med Travelers - Dayton, OH

RRT or CRTneeded ASAP for 13 weeks at Fort Hamilton in Dayton, OHThe 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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Jun 24, 2017

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Anders Group - ANCHORAGE, AK

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in Anchorage, AK. This RRT should have 3+ years of recent experience for this 13 week assignment. The Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for setting up and operating devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration...
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Jun 23, 2017

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Soliant Health - Fairbanks, AK

We are hiring for a experienced RRT to come work at a 217-bed general and medical surgical hospital in Fairbanks, AK. The shifts are 12 hour days, and will be working with all patient populations. For more details, please email resumes to Dontae.Dixon@Soliant.com or call 281.668.0653.   ...
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Jun 24, 2017

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Anders Group - ARLINGTON, TX

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in Arlington, TX. This RRT should have 2+ years of recent experience for this 13 week assignment. The Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for setting up and operating devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration...
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Jun 24, 2017

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Anders Group - OAKLAND, CA

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in Oakland, CA. This RRT should have 2+ years of recent experience for this 13 week assignment. The Respiratory Therapist will be responsible for setting up and operating devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration...
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Jun 23, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Mountain View, CA

Job DetailsEmergency Room Respiratory TherapyMountain View, 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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Jun 23, 2017

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Soliant Health - Anchorage, AK

Registered Respiratory Therapist needed for a 13 week travel assignment in Anchorage Alaska.  You will need at least 2 years of experience to be eligible and have worked with both PEDS and adults.  Having NICU experience is preferred.  Alaska does not require any special licensure, you just have to...
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Jun 23, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Albany, GA

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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Jun 24, 2017

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Club Staffing - Sacramento, CA

Respiratory Therapist needed for a 3 month assignment to start ASAP. 8 hour evening shifts.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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Jun 23, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Fredericksburg, VA

Job DetailsCritical Care Unit Respiratory Therapy12.00 hr - PM ShiftFredericksburg, VAPack 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...
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Jun 24, 2017

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Med Travelers - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA acute hospital is seeking a licensed CRTT or RRT for an assignment. Primarily days w every other weekend.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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Jun 23, 2017

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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Livingston, NJ

MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency, is seeking a quality EEG Technician 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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Jun 23, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - New York, NY

Job DetailsCritical Care Unit Respiratory Therapy12.00 hr - PM ShiftNew York, NYPack 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...
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TotalMed Staffing - Tuba City, AZ

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyDays flexible for evenings, w/e callTuba City, AZPack 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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Jun 23, 2017

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TotalMed Staffing - Antioch, CA

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory TherapyAM Flex - 12Antioch, 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 to ensuring each caregiver...
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