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Occupational Report for Respiratory Therapists (29-1126) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

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Employment Outlook for Respiratory Therapists
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Respiratory Therapists There are 28 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Registered Respiratory Therapist 10/31/14 Oregon City
Respiratory Care Practitioner 10/28/14 Tualatin
Respiratory Therapist 10/23/14 Salem
Part-Time Respiratory Therapist (RT or Nurse) - Home Care/Medical Services 10/20/14 Portland DOE
Respiratory Care Practioner (Adult) 10/19/14 Portland
Respiratory Care Practioner - Flexible 10/19/14 Portland
Respiratory Therapist - On-Call - 14-1516 10/17/14 Mcminnville DOE
Respiratory Care Practitioner 10/15/14 Gresham
Respiratory Therapist (Per Diem) 10/12/14 Portland
Respiratory Care Practitioner 10/10/14 Burns $21.81/hr to $29.29/hr
Respiratory Therapist 10/3/14 Lincoln City
Respiratory Care Practioner - Flexible 10/3/14 Portland
Respiratory Therapist - Registered 10/2/14 Lincoln City
Respiratory Therapist 9/26/14 Baker City
Respiratory Care Practioner - Flexible 9/26/14 Portland
Respiratory Care Practitioner (Pediatric Respiratory Care Practioner) 9/18/14 Portland
Respiratory Therapist, Req #25621 9/12/14 Albany $20.10/hr to $29.52/hr DOE
Respiratory Care Practitioner (Pediatric Respiratory Care Practioner) 9/10/14 Portland
Respiratory Therapist 8/15/14 Lebanon
Respiratory Therapist 6/17/14 Gold Beach DOE
Therapist, RRT PD 5/20/14 Tillamook
Registered Respiratory Therapist TRMC 5/20/14 Grants Pass
Registered Respiratory Therapist 5/20/14 Hermiston
Respiratory Therapist - Registered 5/20/14 Lincoln City
Respiratory Therapist 5/20/14 Newport
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Job Openings from the Web for Respiratory Therapists The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 37 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Respiratory Therapist 10/26/14
Respiratory Therapist 10/24/14 Portland Maxim Healthcare Services Allied Health
Respiratory Therapist 10/24/14 Happy Valley Aureus Medical Group
Respiratory Therapist Contracts - Portland OR 10/23/14 Portland Maxim Healthcare Services Allied Health
Respiratory Therapist 10/22/14 Aureus Medical Group
Respiratory Therapist 10/21/14 Salem C&A Industries Inc.
Part-time Respiratory Therapist (RT or Nurse) - Home Care/Medical Services 10/17/14 Portland Rotech Healthcare
Respiratory Care Practioner - Flexible 10/16/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Respiratory Care Practioner (Adult) 10/16/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Respiratory Care Practitioner 10/13/14 Gresham LEGACY HEALTH CARE
Respiratory Therapist Contracts - Portland OR 10/11/14 Portland Maxim Healthcare
Respiratory Therapist - Baker City - FT 10/9/14 Baker City Saint Alphonsus Medical Center
Respiratory Therapist (Per Diem) 10/9/14 Portland apria -
Registered Respiratory Therapist - (RRT) 10/9/14 Corvallis Club Staffing
Respiratory Therapist 10/7/14 Portland Maxim Healthcare
Certified Respiratory Therapist - (CRT) 10/4/14 Corvallis Club Staffing
Registered Respiratory Therapist - (RRT) 10/4/14 Corvallis Club Staffing
Respiratory Therapist 10/2/14 Lincoln City Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
Respiratory Therapist 10/1/14 Newport Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital
Respiratory Therapist 10/1/14 Lincoln City Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
Respiratory Therapist - Registered 9/30/14 Lincoln City Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital
Respiratory Therapist 9/30/14 Newport Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
Respiratory Therapist 9/30/14 Newport Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
Respiratory Therapist 9/24/14 Baker City Saint Alphonsus Health System
Respiratory Therapist 9/23/14 Aureus Medical Group
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State of Oregon License Information for Respiratory Therapists
License License Authority Web Site
Respiratory Therapist Oregon Health Licensing Agency
Respiratory Therapist: Temporary License Oregon Health Licensing Agency
Wages for Respiratory Therapists
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $22.73 $25.85 $29.87 $33.80 $36.18 $29.31 $60,960
Multnomah / Washington 25.09 28.47 31.91 34.90 36.86 31.28 65,057
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 22.37 25.16 28.45 32.51 35.31 28.29 58,838
Coos / Curry 22.78 25.12 28.20 32.83 36.73 28.89 60,105
Jackson / Josephine 20.05 24.05 27.60 31.96 35.02 27.40 56,982
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Regional Employment Projections for Respiratory Therapists
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,175 1,333 158 13.4% 16 17 33
Multnomah / Washington 416 493 77 18.5% 8 6 14
Lane 137 154 17 12.4% 2 2 4
Jackson / Josephine 113 127 14 12.4% 1 2 3
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 103 114 11 10.7% 1 2 3
Clackamas 69 75 6 8.7% 1 1 2
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 66 73 7 10.6% 1 1 2
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 62 68 6 9.7% 1 1 2
Douglas 52 57 5 9.6% 0 1 1
Klamath / Lake 33 36 3 9.1% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 21 23 2 9.5% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 18 20 2 11.1% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 18 20 2 11.1% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 18 20 2 11.1% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 18 19 1 5.6% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 17 18 1 5.9% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Respiratory Therapists
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,175
Total All Industries Private 1,042
Wholesale Trade Private 10
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 10
Retail Trade Private 23
Health and Personal Care Stores Private 23
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Private 31
Rental and Leasing Services Private 31
Consumer Goods Rental Private 29
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 12
Administrative and Support Services Private 12
Employment Services Private 12
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 965
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 42
Offices of Physicians Private 10
Home Health Care Services Private 32
Hospitals Private 923
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 915
Total All Industries Local 130
Educational Services Local 93
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools Local 93
Health Care and Social Assistance Local 37
Hospitals Local 37
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Local 37
Educational Requirements for Respiratory Therapists The typical entry level education for this occupation is an Associate's degree. Those with a Bachelor's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Skills for Respiratory Therapists
  • Administer Medications
  • Administer Ventilator Therapy
  • Analyze Medical Data
  • Analyze Medical Laboratory Results
  • Analyze Patient Activity
  • Analyze Therapy Response
  • Apply Clinical Problem Solving Techniques
  • Apply Disabilities Theory
  • Apply Health And Sanitation Standards
  • Apply Human Anatomy And Physiology Knowledge
  • Apply Human Developmental Disease Theory
  • Apply Life Support Procedures
  • Apply Mathematical Principles To Social Statistics
  • Apply Patient Care Procedures
  • Apply Pharmacological Knowledge And Terminology
  • Apply Statistical Methods
  • Collect Clinical Data
  • Conduct Patient Evaluations
  • Document Medical Prognosis
  • Follow Medical Office Procedures
  • Interpret Prescriptions
  • Maintain And Compile Medical Records And Charts
  • Observe Patients, Report Patients' Condition And Responses To Treatment
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Oversee Home Visits By Respiratory Therapists
  • Perform Respiratory And Inhalation Therapy Duties
  • Position Patients For Therapy
  • Practice Preventive Procedures In Medical Therapy Setting
  • Prepare Patient Reports
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Set Up And Administer Incubators In Hospitals
  • Set Up And Operate Oxygen Tents In Hospitals, Homes And Institutions
  • Set Up And Operate Resuscitators In Hospitals, Homes And Institutions
  • Set Up And Operate Ventilators In Hospitals, Homes And Institutions
  • Set Up Patient Care Equipment
  • Structure Therapy Treatments To Patient Need
  • Take Vital Signs
  • Teach Communication Techniques To Respiration-Impaired Individuals
  • Teach Medical Self Care
  • Understand The Properties Of Drugs
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Clinical Sterilizing Techniques
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Medical Equipment In Direct Patient Care
  • Use Medical Terminology
  • Use Respirators And Respiratory Therapy Equipment
  • Use Vital Care Procedures
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Respiratory Therapists The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Oregon Institute of Technology
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601-8801
Phone: (541) 885-1000
Programs of Training:
Concorde Career College-Portland
1425 NE Irvine St Bldg 300
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 281-4181
Programs of Training:
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405-640
Phone: (541) 463-3000
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Respiratory Therapists These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Lane Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Respiratory Therapists matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 50%
Nurse Practitioners 49%
Recreational Therapists 48%
Therapists, All Other 46%
Physical Therapists 45%
Occupational Therapists 44%
Registered Nurses 42%
Health Diagnosing And Treating Practitioners, All Other 42%
Nurse Midwives 42%
Nurse Anesthetists 40%