CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians. Use ventilators and various oxygen devices and aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
Work with patients in areas such as the emergency room, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, and surgical intensive care, treating conditions including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and pneumonia.
Read and evaluate physicians' orders and patients' chart information to determine patients' condition and treatment protocols.
Keep records of patients' therapy, completing all necessary forms.
Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.
Provide respiratory care involving the application of well-defined therapeutic techniques under the supervision of a respiratory therapist and a physician.
Assess patients' response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
Prepare and test devices such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators and electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.
Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
Explain treatment procedures to patients.
Clean, sterilize, check and maintain respiratory therapy equipment.
Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.
Follow and enforce safety rules applying to equipment.
Administer breathing and oxygen procedures such as intermittent positive pressure breathing treatments, ultrasonic nebulizer treatments and incentive spirometer treatments.
Recommend and review bedside procedures, x-rays, and laboratory tests.
Interview and examine patients to collect clinical data.
Teach patients how to use respiratory equipment at home.
Teach or oversee other workers who provide respiratory care services.
Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Omnicare Cypress Therapy Management Medical software
Patient electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
Ventilator operation software Medical software
Adult oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
Aerosol masks Nebulizers or accessories
Apnea monitors Apnea monitors or accessories
Arterial blood gas ABG machines Blood gas analyzers
Bag-valve masks Breathing circuit bags
Bedside pulmonary function testing PFT equipment Bedside pulmonary function screeners
Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators Non invasive bi level machines
Blood drawing syringes Blood collection syringes
Blood gas analyzers Blood gas analyzers
Calorimeters Calorimeters
Chest shell ventilators Chest cuirass products
Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP ventilators Non invasive continuous positive air pressure machines
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Echocardiogram machines Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
Electrocardiography EKG machines Electrocardiography EKG units
Electroencephalography EEG equipment Electroencephalography EEG units or accessories
Electronic compressor nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
Endotracheal ET tubes Endotracheal tubes
Endotracheal suction equipment Suction kits
Handheld spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
Holter monitors Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems
Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB apparatus Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Medical aerosol tents Medical aerosol tents
Medical nasal cannulae Medical nasal cannulae
Nasal suctioning equipment Suction kits
Oral nasal face masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
Oropharyngeal suction equipment Suction kits
Oxygen concentrators Oxygen concentrators
Oxygen flowmeters Flow sensors or regulators or components
Oxygen tents Medical aerosol tents
Oxygen therapy equipment Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies
Pediatric oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
Pneumogram equipment Sleep study monitors or accessories
Portable volume ventilators Adult or pediatric intensive care ventilators
Postural drainage percussors Chest percussors
Pulmonary function calculators Pulmonary function calculators
Respirators Respirators
Respiratory therapy air compressors Respiratory therapy compressors
Sputum traps Sputum collection apparatus or containers
Steam sterilizers Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Stress treadmill machines Treadmills
Therapeutic humidifiers Respiratory humidifiers or vaporizers
Venturi masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT)
Life Support Technician
Oxygen Equipment Technician
Oxygen Therapy Technician
Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist
Registered Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Respiratory Technician
Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Therapist Assistant
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Staff Respiratory Therapist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Respiratory Therapy Technicians
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