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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Soliant Health - Ithaca, NY

There is an available RRT position at this hospital near Ithaca, NY.  The position would prefer one year of experience in RRT. The assignment is for 13 weeks and starts on July 10th. ACLS, BLS, and New York state license is required. Ithaca is right next to the Pennsylvania...
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Club Staffing - New Orleans, LA

RRT/CRT needed ASAP for 13 weeks @ Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, LAThe 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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TotalMed Staffing - Richland, WA

Job DetailsNeonatal Respiratory Therapy12 hour night shiftRichland, WAPack 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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TotalMed Staffing - Idaho Falls, ID

Job DetailsTravel- RRT- Days- 7547:00-19:00Idaho Falls, IDPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Travel- RRT- Days- 754. 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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Anders Group - NEW ORLEANS, LA

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in New Orleans, LA. 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...
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Club Staffing - Sun City, AZ

SHIFT: 3 travelers for 6a-6p and 3 travelers for 6p-6a. Weekend Rotation: As required by department. 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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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - New Orleans, LA

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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Soliant Health - Syracuse, NY

This wonderful hospital in Syracuse, NY is seeking to hire a respiratory therapist for a travel job. If this job description suits you, apply below. I have plenty of other opportunities as well, so please inquire below: NY Licensed Respiratory Therapist required 36-40 hours guaranteed  No Call  Great...
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MedPro Healthcare Staffing - Palo Alto, CA

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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Anders Group - AUSTIN, TX

Anders Group is looking for a qualified Registered Respiratory Therapist(RRT) to fill a current need in Austin, 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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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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CompHealth - , VA

CRT/RRT position available in VA. Therapist will need to be comfortable working alone in the ICU and ER. ACLS and NPR certification required for this position. Call to learn more about this opportunity.September start date12 hour night shift13 week assignmentFirst day comprehensive medical insurance, domestic partner benefit and 401(...
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TotalMed Staffing - Everett, WA

Job DetailsSleep Respiratory Therapy10.00 hr - Any ShiftEverett, WAPack your bags! TotalMed Staffing is looking for a Sleep 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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Soliant Health - Grand Junction, CO

Our client hospital in Grand Junction Colorado is seeking a travel RRT for an 8-week assignment.  This is for a RRT that wants a slower pace of life, working at a slower pace hospital. This position is 3-12, nights. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors skiing, snowmobiling, or ice skating. This...
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CompHealth - , GA

Nationally-recognized medical center, located northeast of Atlanta, has needs for full-time Respiratory Therapists. Must be RRT. Experience required. Open positions will focus on NICU caseload or general adults. Day and Night shift schedules available. Offering great benefits and career stability. Facility is located within an hour of Atlanta, GA and...
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TotalMed Staffing - Taos, NM

Job DetailsCardiopulmonary Respiratory TherapyShift will vary (Days and Nights)Taos, NMPack 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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Soliant Health - Valencia, CA

Traveling Respiratory Therapist |RRT | needed in Valencia CAI have an immediate need for an experienced RRT with NICU experience to work a 13-week assignment in Valencia CA. This is a great opportunity to head west and make some good moneyFor immediate consideration for this job or to learn more about...
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Soliant Health - Saint Louis, MO

Traveling Respiratory Therapist | RRT | CRT | for Saint Louis MOJust had a new 13-week travel assignment come available in St Louis. This top notch facility is looking for an experienced RRT or CRT to bring their expertise to this facility. Start ASAP Shift 3X12’s 1830 to 0700 13-week assignmentFor immediate consideration...
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TotalMed Staffing - Los Angeles, CA

Job DetailsRespiratory TherapyRotatingLos Angeles, 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 in all...
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Soliant Health - Redding, CA

This hospital in Redding, CA is looking for an experienced RRT. The position is for 122 hour shifts for 13 weeks. Must have BLS, ACLS, and NRP.  Redding, CA is in the middle of Northern California. It is surrounded by beautiful National Forest lands.  If interested apply below...
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