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Respiratory Technicians

Health Science

Service Branches

Work Environment

Respiratory technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.

  • Military Status


  • Average Military Salary



Respiratory technicians focus on testing and treatment related to lung functions. They administer respiratory care using controlled breathing equipment. They perform pulmonary function testing, and breathing therapies such as medical gas therapy, nebulization therapy, and mechanical ventilation. They also assist physicians with intubation and extubation of patients.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Respiratory technicians receive classroom and on-the-job medical training, through which they develop skills in providing basic patient care.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to follow strict standards and procedures
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Interest in electronic equipment
  • Interest in learning how the heart, lungs, and blood work together
  • Concern for others

Related Civilian Careers

  • Respiratory Therapy Technicians