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PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Many Opportunities Available In The Field

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As a Physical Therapist, one can work with those suffering from illness, neurological disorders, sport related injuries, and orthopedic related injuries. Also, there is pediatric physical therapy and geriatric physical therapy.

Degree: Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions
Job Title: Physical Therapist

Job Summary: Physical Therapists

Job Description

Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

On-the-Job Training

Residency

Additional Info

All states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but typically include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination or a similar state-administered exam. A number of states require continuing education for physical therapists to keep their license.

Certification Requirement
Recommended in Speciality Work.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$55,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
35 to 45 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Likes working with hands

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m='10290'>illness</span> <span m='10740'>and they've</span> <span m='10890'>been in</span> <span m='11060'>the</span> <span m='11130'>hospital,</span> <span m='11570'>and</span> <span m='11670'>they</span> <span m='12000'>just</span> <span m='12140'>need</span> <span m='12570'>some help</span> <span m='12835'>getting</span> <span m='13100'>their</span> <span m='13470'>health</span> <span m='13750'>back.</span> <span m='15250'>Other</span> <span m='15450'>people</span> <span m='15750'>work</span> <span m='16170'>with</span> <span m='16379'>neurologic</span> <span m='17070'>disorders,</span> <span m='17650'>like</span> <span m='17900'>strokes,</span> <span m='18300'>spinal</span> <span m='18810'>cord</span> <span m='19040'>injuries,</span> <span m='19500'>head</span> <span m='19700'>injuries--</span> <span m='20570'>that's</span> <span m='20770'>really</span> <span m='20980'>my</span> <span m='21110'>passion.</span> <span m='21510'>That's</span> <span m='21730'>what</span> <span m='21850'>I</span> <span m='21930'>did</span> <span m='22140'>when</span> <span m='22270'>I</span> <span m='22350'>first</span> <span m='22650'>started</span> <span m='23030'>out</span> <span m='23150'>in the</span> <span m='23523'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='23896'>Other</span> <span m='24270'>people</span> <span m='24660'>work</span> <span m='24900'>with</span> <span m='25030'>sports</span> <span m='25360'>related</span> <span m='25720'>injuries</span> <span m='26160'>an</span> <span m='26270'>orthopedic</span> <span m='26870'>injuries.</span> <span m='27970'>Maybe</span> <span m='28400'>somebody</span> <span m='28850'>fell,</span> <span m='29070'>broke their</span> <span m='29530'>leg.</span> <span m='30480'>They</span> <span m='30740'>really</span> <span m='31020'>need</span> <span m='31320'>some</span> <span m='31560'>therapy</span> <span m='32040'>to get</span> <span m='32140'>back</span> <span m='32600'>to</span> <span m='33070'>walking</span> <span m='33500'>properly</span> <span m='34040'>again</span> <span m='34245'>and</span> <span m='34450'>getting</span> <span m='34630'>back</span> <span m='34810'>to</span> <span m='34950'>the</span> <span m='35450'>sport.</span> <span m='36450'>Some</span> <span m='36590'>people</span> <span m='36870'>work</span> <span m='37080'>with</span> <span m='37240'>kids.</span> <span m='37680'>That's</span> <span m='37850'>called</span> <span m='38110'>pediatric</span> <span m='38860'>physical</span> <span m='39200'>therapy.</span> <span m='39750'>Some</span> <span m='40080'>people</span> <span m='40380'>with</span> <span m='40806'>older</span> <span m='41232'>adults.</span> <span m='41660'>It's</span> <span m='42110'>called</span> <span m='42360'>geriatric</span> <span m='42635'>physical</span> <span m='42910'>therapy.</span> </p><p><span m='44730'>I</span> <span m='44900'>have</span> <span m='45030'>actually</span> <span m='45840'>moved</span> <span m='46070'>through</span> <span m='46520'>my</span> <span m='46650'>career</span> <span m='47730'>through</span> <span m='47870'>the</span> <span m='47950'>years</span> <span m='48540'>and</span> <span m='48770'>now</span> <span m='49580'>practice</span> <span m='49950'>geriatric</span> <span m='50295'>physical</span> <span m='50640'>therapy.</span> <span m='51280'>So</span> <span m='51660'>I</span> <span m='51850'>work</span> <span m='52130'>with</span> <span m='52370'>older</span> <span m='52780'>people.</span> <span m='53640'>I</span> <span m='53700'>work</span> <span m='53950'>with</span> <span m='54130'>them</span> <span m='54550'>in</span> <span m='54650'>their</span> <span m='54790'>homes.</span> <span m='56010'>I</span> <span m='56130'>work</span> <span m='56400'>with</span> <span m='56650'>them</span> <span m='58110'>in</span> <span m='58250'>nursing</span> <span m='58740'>homes.</span> <span m='59880'>A</span> <span m='59950'>lot</span> <span m='60110'>of</span> <span m='60180'>times</span> <span m='60710'>they</span> <span m='61010'>fall</span> <span m='61300'>into</span> <span m='61440'>that</span> <span m='61650'>category</span> <span m='62075'>of</span> <span m='62500'>they've been</span> <span m='62970'>sick.</span> <span m='63750'>Maybe</span> <span m='63940'>they got</span> <span m='64160'>an</span> <span m='64430'>infection</span> <span m='64860'>or</span> <span m='64950'>something.</span> <span m='65620'>They</span> <span m='65810'>just</span> <span m='66040'>are</span> <span m='66140'>not</span> <span m='66380'>able</span> <span m='66600'>to</span> <span m='66680'>take</span> <span m='66900'>care</span> <span m='67140'>of</span> <span m='67230'>themselves</span> <span m='67710'>anymore</span> <span m='68010'>or</span> <span m='68310'>walk</span> <span m='68680'>around.</span> <span m='69330'>They've</span> <span m='69630'>been</span> <span m='69960'>falling.</span> <span m='71040'>They just</span> <span m='71510'>need some</span> <span m='71640'>therapy,</span> <span m='72230'>some</span> <span m='72360'>exercise,</span> <span m='73830'>some</span> <span m='74590'>help</span> <span m='74960'>getting</span> <span m='75170'>back</span> <span m='75410'>on</span> <span m='75490'>their</span> <span m='75760'>feet.</span> <span m='76390'>And</span> <span m='76560'>our</span> <span m='76700'>goal</span> <span m='77120'>always</span> <span m='77970'>as</span> <span m='78190'>physical</span> <span m='78310'>therapists</span> <span m='78666'>is</span> <span m='79022'>to</span> <span m='79380'>try</span> <span m='79560'>to</span> <span m='79620'>help</span> <span m='79860'>someone</span> <span m='80380'>live</span> <span m='80690'>as</span> <span m='81000'>independently</span> <span m='81760'>as</span> <span m='81880'>they</span> <span m='82040'>can</span> <span m='82540'>and</span> <span m='83040'>be</span> <span m='83170'>as</span> <span m='83320'>productive</span> <span m='84090'>in</span> <span m='84250'>their</span> <span m='84420'>life</span> <span m='84740'>as</span> <span m='85136'>they</span> <span m='85532'>can,</span> <span m='85930'>whether</span> <span m='86240'>they're</span> <span m='86470'>5</span> <span m='86800'>years</span> <span m='87060'>old</span> <span m='87700'>or</span> <span m='87860'>85</span> <span m='88420'>years</span> <span m='88720'>old.</span> </p><p><span m='90300'>I</span> <span m='90380'>really</span> <span m='90660'>love</span> <span m='90870'>the</span> <span m='90960'>profession</span> <span m='91570'>because</span> <span m='91890'>I'm</span> <span m='92030'>able</span> <span m='92320'>to</span> <span m='92460'>interact</span> <span m='93020'>and</span> <span m='93140'>really</span> <span m='93350'>touch</span> <span m='93720'>people's</span> <span m='93980'>lives.</span> <span m='94450'>I</span> <span m='94920'>love</span> <span m='95180'>that</span> <span m='95310'>I'm</span> <span m='95420'>able</span> <span m='95660'>to</span> <span m='95720'>help</span> <span m='95980'>them</span> <span m='96180'>physically,</span> <span m='97430'>but</span> <span m='97760'>when</span> <span m='97920'>you're</span> <span m='98040'>working</span> <span m='98460'>with</span> <span m='98610'>somebody</span> <span m='99180'>in</span> <span m='99320'>a</span> <span m='99390'>job</span> <span m='99700'>like</span> <span m='99950'>mine,</span> <span m='100225'>you</span> <span m='100500'>really</span> <span m='100730'>come</span> <span m='100940'>alongside</span> <span m='101450'>them</span> <span m='101570'>to</span> <span m='101610'>get</span> <span m='101820'>to</span> <span m='101930'>know</span> <span m='102070'>them</span> <span m='102320'>personally.</span> <span m='102970'>And</span> <span m='103120'>you touch them</span> <span m='103580'>emotionally</span> <span m='103980'>and mentally</span> <span m='104380'>as well,</span> <span m='104873'>and I</span> <span m='105366'>love that</span> <span m='105859'>part of</span> <span m='106352'>my job.</span> </p><p><span m='108330'>What</span> <span m='108780'>you</span> <span m='108900'>need</span> <span m='109160'>for</span> <span m='109310'>my</span> <span m='109490'>job?</span> <span m='110760'>Most</span> <span m='111160'>of</span> <span m='111200'>the</span> <span m='111270'>programs</span> <span m='111850'>across</span> <span m='112170'>the</span> <span m='112240'>United</span> <span m='112630'>States</span> <span m='113020'>these</span> <span m='113290'>days</span> <span m='113730'>are</span> <span m='113840'>Masters</span> <span m='114390'>degree</span> <span m='115170'>programs.</span> <span m='115630'>So</span> <span m='115760'>you'll</span> <span m='115920'>need</span> <span m='116070'>to</span> <span m='116340'>college</span> <span m='116890'>and</span> <span m='117010'>get</span> <span m='117150'>a</span> <span m='117220'>degree.</span> <span m='117550'>You'll</span> <span m='117880'>need</span> <span m='118110'>to</span> <span m='118390'>specialize</span> <span m='119440'>in</span> <span m='119530'>something</span> <span m='120020'>like</span> <span m='121320'>some</span> <span m='121460'>sort</span> <span m='121680'>of</span> <span m='123610'>bachelor</span> <span m='123990'>of</span> <span m='124060'>science</span> <span m='124550'>in</span> <span m='124630'>a</span> <span m='124710'>science-related</span> <span m='125560'>field,</span> <span m='126060'>or</span> <span m='126150'>maybe</span> <span m='127020'>physical</span> <span m='127160'>ed</span> <span m='127400'>or</span> <span m='127840'>sports</span> <span m='128199'>medicine</span> <span m='128650'>type</span> <span m='130449'>undergraduate</span> <span m='131000'>degree.</span> <span m='131340'>And</span> <span m='131440'>then</span> <span m='131570'>go</span> <span m='131750'>on</span> <span m='132000'>to</span> <span m='132170'>a</span> <span m='132220'>Master's</span> <span m='132830'>level</span> <span m='133300'>physical</span> <span m='133510'>therapy</span> <span m='133890'>program.</span> <span m='134500'>There</span> <span m='134630'>are</span> <span m='134690'>lots</span> <span m='134970'>of</span> <span m='135080'>them</span> <span m='135240'>around</span> <span m='135530'>the</span> <span m='135916'>nation.</span> <span m='136690'>Some</span> <span m='136880'>people</span> <span m='137160'>actually</span> <span m='137580'>go on</span> <span m='137840'>to</span> <span m='137900'>get</span> <span m='138080'>their</span> <span m='138520'>doctorate in</span> <span m='138970'>physical therapy.</span> </p><p><span m='140770'>You</span> <span m='140900'>could</span> <span m='141090'>also</span> <span m='141460'>become</span> <span m='141800'>a</span> <span m='141860'>physical</span> <span m='142340'>therapy</span> <span m='142850'>assistant.</span> <span m='144330'>I</span> <span m='144390'>wish</span> <span m='144650'>I</span> <span m='144730'>had</span> <span m='144930'>known</span> <span m='145150'>about</span> <span m='145450'>going</span> <span m='146000'>into</span> <span m='146330'>it,</span> <span m='146510'>because</span> <span m='146870'>there's</span> <span m='147080'>a</span> <span m='147150'>lot</span> <span m='147400'>of</span> <span m='147470'>progress</span> <span m='147755'>in</span> <span m='148040'>the field</span> <span m='148345'>or</span> <span m='148650'>a</span> <span m='148710'>lot</span> <span m='148890'>of</span> <span m='149000'>changes</span> <span m='149470'>in</span> <span m='149580'>the</span> <span m='149660'>medical</span> <span m='150060'>profession</span> <span m='151440'>these</span> <span m='151720'>days.</span> <span m='152770'>And</span> <span m='153040'>there</span> <span m='153200'>are</span> <span m='153300'>a</span> <span m='153370'>lot</span> <span m='153660'>of</span> <span m='153770'>opportunities</span> <span m='154750'>for</span> <span m='155010'>physical</span> <span m='155530'>therapy</span> <span m='156180'>assistance.</span> <span m='156910'>The</span> <span m='157400'>difference</span> <span m='157735'>is</span> <span m='158070'>that</span> <span m='158553'>a physical</span> <span m='159036'>therapist</span> <span m='159519'>comes in</span> <span m='160002'>at the</span> <span m='160485'>beginning,</span> <span m='162500'>evaluates</span> <span m='163250'>the</span> <span m='163310'>patient,</span> <span m='163870'>and</span> <span m='163970'>decides</span> <span m='164430'>what</span> <span m='164740'>the</span> <span m='164820'>patient</span> <span m='165220'>needs,</span> <span m='166050'>sets</span> <span m='166465'>up</span> <span m='166880'>a</span> <span m='167000'>treatment</span> <span m='167620'>program,</span> <span m='168850'>and</span> <span m='168970'>then</span> <span m='169140'>hands</span> <span m='169220'>it</span> <span m='169750'>over</span> <span m='170030'>to</span> <span m='170140'>the</span> <span m='170250'>physical</span> <span m='170660'>therapy</span> <span m='171140'>assistant,</span> <span m='171640'>who</span> <span m='172140'>then</span> <span m='172470'>goes</span> <span m='172980'>and</span> <span m='173330'>works</span> <span m='173540'>with that</span> <span m='173990'>patient</span> <span m='174740'>much</span> <span m='175030'>more</span> <span m='175230'>often.</span> </p><p><span m='176070'>The</span> <span m='176270'>physical</span> <span m='176700'>therapist</span> <span m='177490'>comes</span> <span m='177860'>in</span> <span m='178130'>and</span> <span m='178270'>out.</span> <span m='180080'>These</span> <span m='180580'>days,</span> <span m='181020'>they</span> <span m='181180'>don't</span> <span m='181450'>get</span> <span m='181690'>to</span> <span m='182620'>do</span> <span m='182930'>as</span> <span m='183150'>much</span> <span m='183560'>with the</span> <span m='183790'>patient</span> <span m='184750'>as</span> <span m='184950'>we</span> <span m='185060'>used</span> <span m='185320'>to.</span> <span m='186090'>There</span> <span m='186280'>are</span> <span m='186390'>a</span> <span m='186490'>lot</span> <span m='186810'>of</span> <span m='186880'>job</span> <span m='187120'>opportunities</span> <span m='187410'>for</span> <span m='187700'>physical</span> <span m='187975'>therapy</span> <span m='188800'>assistants</span> <span m='189470'>these</span> <span m='189710'>days,</span> <span m='190120'>and</span> <span m='190240'>actually they</span> <span m='190720'>make</span> <span m='191110'>a pretty</span> <span m='191410'>good wage.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167960,"video_id":"2708113026001","name":"121503503","duration":193445,"thumbnail_url":null}});