Physical Therapist

Facts/ Job Description:

A Physical Therapist is someone who helps injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. An important role they have is in rehabilitation, treatment and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries. They need to be well educated so they can use a variety of different techniques to care for patients.

Pay Range:

The average pay range varies from $57, 060- $119, 790 but the median annual wage is $84,020. Most work full time and businesses hours are normal but sometimes evenings and weekends.

Education and Science Needed:

Minimum education required is is to be accredited by the Commision on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, to have a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) which includes needing a bachelors degree. Also, for this job you need to have a license to do this which you get by passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administrated by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Most require completed classes in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, biomechanics, neuroscience, pharmacology, exercise science and kinesiology.

Some High School Courses to take the most challenging courses including biology, chemistry, medical assisting, algebra, trigonometry, health occupations/ medical professions education, computer skills, humanities and geometry.

Also, a few of the most common college majors among PT students include exercise science, biology, kinesiology and psychology. Although there is no required major particularly.


Advantages:

  • High level of education
  • Many opportunities
  • You get to help people every day!
  • Excellent sallaries
  • Wide variety of work settings and client types

Disadvantages:

  • Extended time required usually for education
  • Cost of Education
  • Little opportunity for career change