Day in the Life
Respiratory therapists generally work between 35 and 40 hours a week.
Because hospitals operate around the clock, therapists may work evenings,
nights, or weekends. They spend long periods standing and walking between
patients' rooms. In an emergency, therapists work under the stress of the
situation. Respiratory therapists employed in home health care must travel
frequently to patients' homes.
Respiratory therapists are trained to work with gases stored
under pressure. Adherence to safety precautions and regular maintenance and
testing of equipment minimize the risk of injury. As in many other health
occupations, respiratory therapists are exposed to infectious diseases, but
by carefully following proper procedures they can minimize the risks.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor