Physical Therapist

By: Mitchell Miller

What They Do

Teaches patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benfits

How to Become One

  • You must first graduate with a bachelor degree of Doctor of Physical Therapist
  • Must complete a clinical internship in an area such as acute or orthopedic care with supervised experience. DPT programs:Applied Physical Therapy, Functional Anatomy
  • Meet your state's licensing requirements. Complete the National Physical Therapy Examination(NPTE), which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy(FSBPT). The NPTE is a computerized, multiple-choice exam.
  • (Optional) Complete a residency, just additional training
  • (Optional) Obtain board certification, 2,000 hours of clinical work

Daily Thing

Physical therapist examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

Education Required

  • Need a graduate degree
  • Licensing in the state of work


  • Average- $812,390
  • Top/Potential 10 percent- $113,340
  • Bottom/Beginning 10 percent-$56,280

Skills Required For This Job

  • Physical skills- safely be able to bend, crouch, push,pull and many others things to be able to engage with their patient
  • Mental skills- be able to identify a problem and problem solve to help the patient out to relieve the pain, handle the emotional stress from the patients, multitask, and to interact with the patients

Where would we work?

Although many physical therapist work in hospitals but 80% work in other settings

  • Nursing home
  • School/preschool
  • Fitness center
  • Industrial workplace

Looking to the future

  • From 2012-2022, it's suppose to grow 36%
  • According to "Forbe's" magazine in 2014, it's in the top 10 jobs in high demand
  • "US News & World Report" is among the top 100 jobs in terms of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable life-balance, and job security
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Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs at Stanbridge College