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Respiratory Therapists Help Ease Chronic Conditions

Respiratory Therapists Help Ease Chronic Conditions

Cindy Mehallow, Monster Contributing Writer

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Salary: $35,200 - $64,190
Min. Education: Associate's
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Beyond Hospitals

While 75 percent of all RTs work in hospitals, home healthcare agencies employ many of them. More primary-care physicians and pulmonologists are hiring RTs, often part-time, to assist with diagnosis, patient education, smoking cessation and consulting, Lawrence says.

“Given the tremendous rise of asthma and the prevalence of [COPD], pulmonologists see the value of an RT as a physician extender,” Kallstrom says.

Treating chronic conditions may lack the drama and urgency of working with critical- or intensive-care patients, but Lawrence and other RTs enjoy a deep satisfaction watching their patients achieve even small victories.

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