Physical Therapist

Julianne Hellerich

Description of profession

A physical therapist diagnoses and treats individuals of all ages, who have medical problems or health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Certifications necessary to be a Physical Therapist

Professional physical therapists who hold a master's or doctoral degree in the field can pursue 1- to 3-year specialized certificates in such specialties as geriatric, neurological or pediatric physical therapy. Completing one of these programs can lead to certification in a physical therapist's specialty of choice.

Daily activities of a Physical Therapist

After a diagnosis has been determined, the physical therapist designs a plan of care that includes short- and long-term functional goals and interventions that may include exercise, traction, mobilization/manual therapy, ultrasound and/or electrotherapy

Educational Requirments

* doctoral or physical therapy degree

* Doctoral programs require 3.0 GPA

* require prerequisites in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics

Pay Day

$60-100 thousand

Necessary skills to be a good PT

* The ability to crouch, kneel, reach, pull to perform exercises with patients

* The ability to climb when instructing patients on the stairs

* Good communication skills

Practice setting


* works



Job Outlook

18.85% growth rate and high demand for PT
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