At 9:32 a.m., Wendy assisted in bringing back to life a newborn baby who was struggling to breathe. Wendy is a respiratory care practitioner (also known as a respiratory therapist). What have you accomplished today?
With all the health care professions out there, how can you know which one is right for you? It’s not an easy decision, but if you agree with the following statements, you might discover respiratory therapy is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
If this sounds like you, our profession could be a great fit.
. . . provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Therapists get to know their patients and their patients’ families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than average over the next decade, primarily because the aging baby boom generation will increase the number of older adults, who tend to suffer the most from respiratory conditions like pneumonia and COPD and who often have respiratory complications due to heart disease and other common diseases of aging.
The American Association for Respiratory Care has all the tools you need to discover the rewarding world of respiratory care. Video clips depicting the various aspects of an exciting career in respiratory care may be found at www.aarc.org/career.