Respiratory medicine


Respiratory medicine is a medical specialty mentioned in the EU Directive 2005/36/EC.

Alternative labels

chest medicine
respiratory specialty

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Respiratory medicine is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Respiratory therapy technician: Respiratory therapy technicians assist doctors and surgeons to treat respiratory problems. They work in hospitals and medical facilities where they operate medical equipment to test patients’ respiratory conditions and aid in their treatment. Respiratory therapy technicians also tend to breathing equipment and machines during surgery.

Optional knowledge

Respiratory medicine is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Specialised doctor: Specialised doctors prevent, diagnose and treat diseases depending on their medical or surgical specialty.




  1. Respiratory medicine – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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