You might think that as a person who finished a degree in respiratory therapy, might just stuck with one or two jobs. The most common jobs that you can get when you finish your respiratory therapy degree are a CRT or an RRT. However, there are other specialties that you can get according to the NBRC or National Board for Respiratory Care.
Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist
This job entitles that you will mostly work in the laboratory. Your main function is to read patient records and diagnostics for interpretation. You will be the one who will explain the lab test results to a doctor. This job may entail little interaction with the patients since you will most often be relegated to the lab.
Sleep Disorder Specialist
As the position assumes, you will be in charge of patients who have sleep disorders. You will cooperate with doctors and other respiratory therapists to analyze the polysomnography results. This will entail planning for the treatment of the sleeping disorders like insomnia, narcolepsy and sleep apnea.
Neonatal / Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist
You will be in charge of children, from newborn to about a month old who may be suffering from breathing disorders. You will handle premature babies breathing and even unique cases of respiratory problems of children during emergency situations. When you decide to become an NPS specialist, you are mostly assigned in children's hospitals.
Perhaps one of the most common respiratory disorders is asthma. As an asthma educator, the task is to increase the awareness of asthma not just to adults but to all people regardless of age, sex and race. Asthma is the number one respiratory disease that can target any member of the family. Knowing how to handle them and what to do if one is having asthma attack is the main responsibility of an asthma educator.
You need to discuss with your patients the important issues like diagnosis, assessment, treatment, oxygen therapy and disease management. As part of your responsibility as well is to help motivate your patients and control them COPD. You need to make sure that they fully understand what they are going through and that you are there to help them in every step of the way.
Being a respiratory therapy offers new and exciting ways for your career. It entitles different specialties which you can choose from depending on your abilities and interests.