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All About Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Job Description & Duties Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

What Do Respiratory Therapy Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Recommend or review bedside procedures, x-rays, or laboratory tests.
  • Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
  • Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.
  • Teach or oversee other workers who provide respiratory care services.
  • Interview or examine patients to collect clinical data.
  • Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.

What a Respiratory Therapy Technician Should Know

When polled, Respiratory Therapy Technicians say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Respiratory Therapy Technician

  • Pulmonary Function Technician (PF Technician)
  • Respiratory Technician
  • Respiratory Care Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapy Assistant

Is There Going to be Demand for Respiratory Therapy Technicians?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 10,800 jobs in the United States for Respiratory Therapy Technician. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Respiratory Therapy Technician.


The states with the most job growth for Respiratory Therapy Technician are Maryland, Texas, and Nebraska. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Illinois, or Indiana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Respiratory Therapy Technician Average Salary

The salary for Respiratory Therapy Technicians ranges between about $31,240 and $73,530 a year.


Respiratory Therapy Technicians who work in Nevada, New Jersey, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do Respiratory Therapy Technicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,740
Arizona $58,900
Arkansas $47,050
California $48,150
Colorado $42,070
Connecticut $54,680
Florida $49,670
Georgia $48,160
Hawaii $58,770
Illinois $56,340
Indiana $49,780
Iowa $44,690
Kansas $45,390
Kentucky $42,850
Louisiana $49,010
Maryland $61,220
Massachusetts $60,060
Michigan $38,420
Mississippi $45,730
Missouri $53,470
Nebraska $46,820
Nevada $78,380
New Hampshire $51,850
New Jersey $64,260
New York $56,780
Ohio $46,980
Oregon $55,270
Pennsylvania $47,430
South Carolina $49,520
Tennessee $40,560
Texas $51,930
Utah $49,680
Virginia $52,830
Washington $58,190
West Virginia $51,700
Wisconsin $37,290

Tools & Technologies Used by Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Respiratory Therapy Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Becoming a Respiratory Therapy Technician

Individuals working as a Respiratory Therapy Technician have obtained the following education levels:


What work experience do I need to become a Respiratory Therapy Technician?


Where do Respiratory Therapy Technicians Work?


Respiratory Therapy Technicians work in the following industries:


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