Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for patients who have breathing disorders.
If you join this growing field, you'll work under the supervision of a physician administering respiratory therapy to patients with chronic illnesses such as asthma or emphysema. You'll also assist in emergencies when life-support treatment is needed.
Respiratory therapists set up, operate and monitor devices that provide oxygen or medicine in the form of a mist or gas to patients. You must be able to see and hear well, have mechanical ability and manual dexterity to work with machines and be able to be on your feet most of the day.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for respiratory therapists is expected to climb 19% through the year 2016.