Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapists (RTs) performs a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to the patients require cardiac and/or pulmonary acute and chronic management. They monitor and evaluate the cardiac and pulmonary functions of the patients by invasive and conservative diagnostic and prognostic procedures and develop plans to treat the conditions to improve their respiratory function. They work in various settings including community settings, and hospital settings as well as specialized care facilities, such as neonatal, palliative, rehabilitation, pulmonary function or sleep labs. Respiratory therapist treats patient with severe respiratory infections, lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and others.

They are also responsible for operating and maintaining respiratory therapy equipment. Ventilators, general anesthesia machines and other hi-tech diagnostic and treatment tools and machines.

Hourly Range

$37.90 – $51.05

Hourly Wage


Minimum Education

3 Year Diploma

Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  1. Three years of education from recognized institutes
  2. College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA) registration required (1-Approved Education program, 2-two-character decoration, 3-1500 hours of work experience, 4-approved examination)
$37.90 to $51.05 per hour. Average $44.12 per hour
High Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.
Respiratory therapists can become supervisors and clinical specialists with further experience and education.
At least 1500 hours safe work experience within the previous four years
A three-year diploma in Respiratory Therapy at a recognized Canadian Institute such as SAIT, NAIT, Michener Institute, Fanshawe College, Canadore College, etc.
Excellent communication skills; empathetic; ability to work independently, Physical and mental stamina
Without additional education, advancement opportunities other than clinical specialists or supervisory positions are limited. Low demand, but employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the Baby Boom generation retire over the next few years.
Getting admitted into a respiratory therapy diploma program followed by clearing relevant licensing exams and registration with provincial regulatory body such as College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta (CARTA).