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.
- Education Requirements: Associate’s degree
- Soft Skills: Compassion, detail oriented and interpersonal skills
- Average annual salary: $58,700
- 3 in state schools: Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), Lane Community College (Eugene, OR), MT. Hood Community College (Gresham, OR)
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