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Jaiden Herald - Physical Therapist

Job Desrcription

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with health issues and injuries. Physical therapists help reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. Physical Therapists are in charge of assessing, planning, organizing, and healing. Therapists review patient's’ medical history and any referrals or notes from healthcare workers, diagnose patients’ functions and movements from examinations and observations, develop individualized plans of care for patients, outlining the patient's’ goals and the expected outcomes, use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness.
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Work Environment

Physical therapists work at offices of physical, occupational, speech therapists, and audiologists are the main focus for therapists to find work. Though, hospitals; state, local, and private healthcare services, nursing and residential care facilities,physician’s offices, and private owned practices are just some of the most common practices for physical therapists. Physical therapists also work in outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab, nursing facilities, homes, research centers, schools, hospices, fitness centers, and in sports and recreation. Physical therapists can be employed at a large multitude of healthcare and athletic related programs and businesses, and mainly work with other healthcare professional and therapists.


The majority of physical therapists achieve a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. All physical therapists must receive a graduate from an accredited physical therapy program before taking the national licensure exam. Every state requires physical therapists to be licensed. Physical therapists are also required to take educational courses every two years to recertify. Physical therapists may need some on-the-job training,however, it is usually dependent upon the employer
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The median wage for a physical therapist is $82,390 or $39.61 per hour. The lowest ten percent of physical therapist make $56,800, and the highest ten percent make $116,090. The average salary is usually in the range of $75,000-$80,000. Salary is usually dependent upon your years of experience and work setting. The average salary is usually in the range of $75,000-$80,000. Salary is usually dependent upon your years of experience and work setting. Benefits are typically different among different employers.

Career Outlook

Unfortunately for our society we will always need physical therapists. The job growth is suspected to grow 36% from 2012-2022. The projected job outlook does not waver because the will of a medical career to injury or illness. Physical therapists will continue have an array of career options availed to them.