Respiratory therapy


Treatment focused on the management of the airways in various medical conditions or situations such as emergency or trauma.

Alternative labels

respiratory treatment
airways treatment
airways therapy

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Respiratory therapy is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Physiotherapist: Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals who are responsible for developing, maintaining or restoring motor function and movement throughout the lifespan using evidence-based practice. They relieve pain and treat or prevent physical conditions associated with injury, disease or other impairments. Physiotherapists empower patients and their carers to manage the condition outside clinical settings. They work within their scope of practice and their professional Code of Conduct. 
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 therapy 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.




  1. Respiratory therapy – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022