Respiratory physiologist

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A day as a respiratory physiologist

You work at your local NHS hospital, and arrive at 9am for your first appointment - a 30-year-old man with breathing difficulties. You use high-tech specialist equipment to test his breathing and lung function, then write a report of your findings to help with a diagnosis.

Next, you see a man who snores and his wife reports he stops breathing at night. You perform a sleep study and find his airway repeatedly closes during sleep. You then arrange for a overnight ventilation trial.

Every day is different, and you find work varied and exciting. You finish at 5pm, knowing you've used your skills to improve - and sometimes save - people's lives.