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Working As A Staff Therapist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Staff Therapist Do

Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.

Duties

Respiratory therapists typically do the following:

  • Interview and examine patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Consult with physicians to develop patient treatment plans
  • Perform diagnostic tests, such as measuring lung capacity
  • Treat patients by using a variety of methods, including chest physiotherapy and aerosol medications
  • Monitor and record patients’ progress
  • Teach patients how to use treatments and equipment, such as ventilators

Respiratory therapists use various tests to evaluate patients. For example, therapists test lung capacity by having patients breathe into an instrument that measures the volume and flow of oxygen when they inhale and exhale. Respiratory therapists also may take blood samples and use a blood gas analyzer to test oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

Respiratory therapists perform chest physiotherapy on patients to remove mucus from their lungs and make it easier for them to breathe. Removing mucus is necessary for patients suffering from lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, and involves the therapist vibrating the patient’s rib cage, often by tapping the patient’s chest and encouraging him or her to cough.

Respiratory therapists may connect patients who cannot breathe on their own to ventilators that deliver oxygen to the lungs. Therapists insert a tube in the patient’s windpipe (trachea) and connect the tube to ventilator equipment. They set up and monitor the equipment to ensure that the patient is receiving the correct amount of oxygen at the correct rate.

Respiratory therapists who work in home care teach patients and their families to use ventilators and other life-support systems in their homes. During these visits, they may inspect and clean equipment, check the home for environmental hazards, and ensure that patients know how to use their medications. Therapists also make emergency home visits when necessary.

In some hospitals, respiratory therapists are involved in related areas, such as diagnosing breathing problems for people with sleep apnea and counseling people on how to stop smoking.

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How To Become A Staff Therapist

Respiratory therapists typically need an associate’s degree, but some have bachelor’s degrees. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state.

Education

Respiratory therapists need at least an associate’s degree, but employers may prefer applicants who have a bachelor’s degree. Educational programs are offered by colleges and universities, vocational–technical institutes, and the Armed Forces. Completion of a program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care may be required for licensure.

Respiratory therapy programs typically include courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, pharmacology, and math. Other courses deal with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In addition to coursework, programs have clinical components that allow therapists to gain supervised, practical experience in treating patients.

High school students interested in applying to respiratory therapy programs should take courses in health, biology, math, chemistry, and physics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska, although requirements vary by state. Licensure requirements in most states include passing a state or professional certification exam. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the main certifying body for respiratory therapists. The Board offers two levels of certification: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

CRT is the first-level certification. Applicants must have earned an associate’s degree from an accredited respiratory therapy program, or completed the equivalent coursework in a bachelor’s degree program, and pass an exam.

The second-level certification is RRT certification. Applicants must already have CRT certification, meet other education or experience requirements, and pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Respiratory therapists should be able to provide emotional support to patients undergoing treatment and be sympathetic to their needs.

Detail oriented. Respiratory therapists must be detail oriented to ensure that patients are receiving the appropriate treatments and medications in a timely manner. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Interpersonal skills. Respiratory therapists interact with patients and often work as part of a team. They must be able to follow instructions from a supervising physician.

Patience. Respiratory therapists may work for long periods with patients who need special attention.

Problem-solving skills. Respiratory therapists need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients’ symptoms, consult with other healthcare professionals, and recommend and administer the appropriate treatments.

Science and math skills. Respiratory therapists must understand anatomy, physiology, and other sciences and be able to calculate the right dose of a patient’s medicine.

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Staff Therapist Career Paths

Staff Therapist
Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Therapist Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinician Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Physical Therapist Clinical Manager
Manager Of Clinical Services
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Physical Therapist Supervisor Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
PRN Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Manager
Patient Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
PRN Speech Language Pathologist
Therapy Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Therapist Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Physical Therapist Clinical Manager Clinical Director
Director Of Rehabilitation
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Therapist Clinical Director Director Of Rehabilitation
Rehab Director
6 Yearsyrs
PRN Office Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Respiratory Care Practitioner Respiratory Supervisor
Respiratory Care Program Director
8 Yearsyrs
Speech Language Pathologist Therapy Program Manager Director Of Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Patient Care Manager Assistant Director Of Nursing
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Coordinator Ambulatory Care Coordinator Mental Health Clinician
Mental Health Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Specialist Clinical Liaison Respiratory Supervisor
Respiratory Therapy Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Center Director
Director Of Family Service Center
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Syracuse University
Highest Paying City
Chicago, IL
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.9 years
How much does a Staff Therapist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staff Therapist in the United States is $74,273 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $113,000.

Real Staff Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Therapist/Psychologist University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA Sep 23, 2013 $71,785
Staff Therapist Pratt Institute New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $65,280
Staff Speec Therapist New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Nov 01, 2012 $61,000
Staff Therapist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Oct 06, 2014 $58,500
Senior Staff Therapist University of Oregon Eugene, OR Jul 01, 2012 $57,000
Staff Therapist Syracuse University Syracuse, NY Jun 01, 2012 $55,636
Staff Therapist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Aug 13, 2016 $53,063
Staff Therapist Community Counseling CTRS. of Chicago Chicago, IL Oct 05, 2011 $52,850
Staff Therapist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Aug 13, 2013 $52,279
Staff Therapist Depaul University Chicago, IL Jul 27, 2016 $51,375
Staff Therapist Depaul University Chicago, IL Jul 31, 2014 $38,771 -
$55,000
Staff Therapist I Juvenile Protection Association Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2015 $38,000
Staff Therapist I Juvenile Protective Association Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2015 $38,000
Staff Therapist I Juvenile Protective Association Chicago, IL Jul 13, 2015 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Staff Therapist

  1. Group Therapy Sessions
  2. Patient Care
  3. Treatment Plans
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  • Facilitated group therapy sessions with mandated sex offenders who were on probation or parole; utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy !
  • Provided acute inpatient care, outpatient adult rehabilitation, and pediatric therapy for the physical rehabilitation department.
  • Performed evaluation and executed treatment plans for a large variety of conditions including chronic pain
  • Prepared and tested respiratory therapy equipments.
  • Trained and supervised master's level practicum students, including review of videotaped sessions and documentation.

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Top 10 Best States for Staff Therapists

  1. Alaska
  2. Oregon
  3. Nevada
  4. New York
  5. New Hampshire
  6. California
  7. Delaware
  8. New Jersey
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Rhode Island
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Staff Therapist Demographics

Gender

Female

57.3%

Male

33.7%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

66.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

French

10.0%

Portuguese

5.0%

German

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Chinese

2.5%

Vietnamese

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Russian

1.3%

Hungarian

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Gujarati

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%
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Staff Therapist Education

Schools

Lesley University

9.3%

New York University

7.3%

University of Phoenix

6.4%

University of Miami

6.1%

Independence University

5.4%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

5.4%

Boston University

5.4%

Boston College

4.8%

Fordham University

4.8%

Springfield College

4.5%

Loyola University of Chicago

4.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.5%

Walden University

4.2%

University of Louisville

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

Northwestern University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Florida International University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%
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Majors

Physical Therapy

13.6%

Medical Technician

12.2%

Social Work

11.6%

Occupational Therapy

10.8%

Counseling Psychology

7.6%

Mental Health Counseling

6.8%

Clinical Psychology

5.2%

Psychology

5.0%

School Counseling

4.6%

Business

4.6%

Family Therapy

3.4%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Education

2.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.7%

Nursing

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Rehabilitation Science

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Biology

1.2%

Military Applied Sciences

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

44.7%

Bachelors

18.7%

Associate

12.7%

Other

10.4%

Doctorate

8.5%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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