Respiratory TechniciansHealth Science
Respiratory technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.
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.
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. Training content may include:
- 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