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Respiratory therapists are allied health professionals who specialize in assessing and improving patients’ lung functions. RTs, also called RRT’s (Registered Respiratory Therapists), assess and treat a wide array of diseases, illnesses, and injuries that affect the respiratory system. They must have advanced knowledge of pulmonary care and high-tech equipment, such as ventilators, to effectively improve a patient’s quality of life or even save it.

One of the many great aspects of a career in respiratory therapy is helping patients at all stages of life, from premature infants to the elderly. These patients rely on RTs to address asthma, COPD, pneumonia, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, lung trauma, and acute respiratory failure.

Respiratory therapists are in high demand nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 21% in this field through 2028 largely due to an aging population.

Respiratory therapists are an in-demand specialty on Vivian, where you’ll find thousands of jobs available across the country.

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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Baltimore, Maryland
Cross Country Allied
a day ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$6,125/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Sayre, Pennsylvania
Cross Country Allied
5 hours ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$5,480/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Sayre, Pennsylvania
Cross Country Allied
a day ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$5,480/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Fargo, North Dakota
Cross Country Allied
14 hours ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$5,210/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Duluth, Minnesota
Cross Country Allied
9 hours ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$5,205/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
St. Cloud, Minnesota
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$4,032/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Chalmette, Louisiana
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,600/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Marrero, Louisiana
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,600/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Marrero, Louisiana
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,600/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Roswell, New Mexico
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,600/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Bullhead City, Arizona
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,240/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Potsdam, New York
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,132/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Largo, Maryland
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,858/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Denver, Colorado
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,808/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Bismarck, North Dakota
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,808/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
El Paso, Texas
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,756/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Santa Clara, California
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,665/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Conyers, Georgia
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,592/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Fort Worth, Texas
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,400/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Richmond, Virginia
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,280/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Palm Springs, California
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,177/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Kingsport, Tennessee
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,160/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Dallas, Texas
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$2,040/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
San Jose, California
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$1,876/wk
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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Los Angeles, California
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$1,666/wk
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What are the best agencies for Respiratory Therapist jobs?

The agencies on Vivian that currently have the most Respiratory Therapist jobs are Cross Country Allied (618), OneStaff Medical (408), and KPG Allied (403).

What hospitals currently have Respiratory Therapist job opportunities?

The hospitals on Vivian that currently have the most Respiratory Therapist jobs are SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital (26 jobs), SSM Health Saint Clare Hospital - Fenton (12 jobs), and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (10 jobs).

What does a respiratory therapist do?

Respiratory therapists are specialists trained in pulmonary medicine to work therapeutically with patients suffering from various lung conditions. They determine the need for respiratory care services and administer that care directly to patients, while educating them on lung health and breathing disorders.

RTs handle everything from treating chronic diseases, such as asthma, emphysema, COPD, and cystic fibrosis, to providing emergency care when a heart attack, shock, or drowning impacts a patient’s ability to breath. Some common tasks may include:

  • Assess lung and breathing disorders

  • Recommending pulmonary treatment methods

  • Establishing therapeutic goals for patients with cardiopulmonary disease

  • Developing and modifying respiratory care plans

  • Acquiring and evaluating clinical data

  • Performing tests and studies, such as blood gas analysis, pulmonary function, and polysomnography

  • Performing prescribed pulmonary rehabilitation

  • Performing chest physiotherapy to remove mucus from patients’ lungs 

  • Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices, as well as non invasive ventilation aimed at preventing intubation

Where do respiratory therapists work?

Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals in a variety of settings, such as intensive care units, emergency rooms, newborn and pediatric units, step down units, and med-surg/tele units. RTs may also work in skilled nursing facilities, air medical transport and ambulance services, physician’s offices, patients’ homes, or as a traveling respiratory therapist. They may specialize in long-term acute care units, sleep labs, cardiopulmonary diagnostic labs, bronchoscopy labs, hyperbaric oxygen units, or cardiopulmonary rehabilitation centers. Some RTs may also choose to work in specific programs, such asthma education, smoking cessation, or case management.

What skills make a good respiratory therapist?

Respiratory therapists must have in-depth knowledge of human physiology and be able to apply this knowledge in a clinical setting, across all age groups. RTs must be skilled at using advanced diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose pulmonary dysfunction and measure the severity of respiratory distress.

In addition to physical care, RTs should have strong communication skills to explain procedures to patients and convey patient information to other health care professionals. RTs also need exceptional problem solving and critical thinking skills to act quickly in emergency situations because they seldom have time to second-guess themselves.

How to become a Travel Respiratory Therapist

Aspiring respiratory therapists are required to earn an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in a respiratory care program. Both two-year and four-year programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. RTs are licensed in all states, except Alaska, which recommends but doesn’t require national certification. Licensure requirements vary by state, but most require passing a state or professional certification exam. Most states use the Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist credentials issued by the National Board for Respiratory Care as the basis for state licensure.

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Travel Respiratory Therapist
Kodiak, Alaska
KPG Allied
7 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$4,200/wk
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St. Cloud, Minnesota
KPG Allied
5 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$4,032/wk
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Boise, Idaho
KPG Allied
8 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
$3,720/wk
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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11 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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Jefferson, Louisiana
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Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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Marrero, Louisiana
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Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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Madison, Wisconsin
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13 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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Concord, New Hampshire
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6 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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8 hours ago
Candidates must have at least 1 years of paid experience in the last 3 years. Paid experience must also be within their specialty in a hospital setting to qualify. ...
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