Sample 1 - State of California

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Respiratory Therapy Technicians
(SOC Code : 29-2054)
in California

Provide specific, well defined respiratory care procedures under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

Employers are usually looking for candidates with Post secondary vocational training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
California 20141st Qtr$26.87$21.18$25.79$32.30

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Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,67567.9%
Offices of Physicians 63,21817.8%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Monitor patients during treatment and report any unusual reactions to the respiratory therapist.
Use ventilators or various oxygen devices or aerosol and breathing treatments in the provision of respiratory therapy.
Work with patients in areas such as the emergency rooms, neonatal or pediatric intensive care, or surgical intensive care, treating conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pneumonia.
Collect and analyze arterial blood gas samples.
Read and evaluate physicians` orders and patients` chart information to determine patients` condition and treatment protocols.
Assess patients` response to treatments and modify treatments according to protocol if necessary.
Set equipment controls to regulate the flow of oxygen, gases, mists, or aerosols.
Keep records of patients` therapy, completing all necessary forms.
Perform diagnostic procedures to assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction in patients.
Prepare or test devices, such as mechanical ventilators, therapeutic gas administration apparatus, environmental control systems, aerosol generators, or electrocardiogram (EKG) machines.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Top Abilities (Attributes of the person that influence performance in this job.)
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.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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