Respiratory Therapists and Clinical Perfusionists
About the job
Respiratory therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with respiratory and cardiopulmonary disorders. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, health units, extended care facilities, public health centres and respiratory home care companies. Respiratory therapists may specialize in areas such as anaesthesia, critical care, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, and respiratory home care.
Clinical perfusionists provide technical support to patients undergoing cardiac surgery and patients requiring cardio-respiratory support. Cardiopulmonary technologists assist physicians in the technical aspects of diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. Clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists are primarily employed in hospitals. Supervisors and instructors of respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists are included in this unit group.
To work in these fields, you should be interested in medicine and health. Manual dexterity and good coordination are necessary. You must be able to deal with people in a mature, tactful, and professional way. You should also be comfortable working with instruments, apparatus, and technology. A background in science would be helpful.
Respiratory therapists require the completion of a two to three-year college, hospital, or university degree program in respiratory therapy, including clinical training. Clinical perfusionists require the completion of a respiratory therapy or registered nursing program with a minimum of one year of work experience as a respiratory therapist or registered nurse and completion of a college or university program in clinical perfusion, including clinical training. Cardiopulmonary technologists require a minimum of a diploma in an allied health discipline such as respiratory therapy, nursing diploma or degree, or a degree in a related science and training through a post-diploma program or supervised on-the-job clinical training.
Although the majority of people in these occupations are employed full-time, part-time and casual work arrangements are common. Shift-work is common in these occupations.
Labour Market Information
The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is above average. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 250, and so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next five years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With only 0% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Respiratory Therapists and Clinical Perfusionists are most commonly working full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.
The median employment income for 82% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $60,089. The median income for the occupation overall was $57,219
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)
|Estimated employment in 2011||Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016||Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016||Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014||Estimated hourly earnings in 2013|
|Area of Employment||% Employed|
|Industry of Employment||% Employed|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||88.2|
|Less than high school graduation certificate||0.0|
|High school graduation certificate or equivalent||0.0|
|Trades certificate or diploma||0.0|
|Non-university certificate or diploma||19.6|
|University certificate or diploma below bachelor||9.8|
|University bachelor's degree||54.9|
|University post graduate degrees||15.7|
Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.
Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.