Physical Therapist

Noah Wehmeyer

Description of Occupation

PT's are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages

Certifications Necessary to Practice

in the United States only offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students who enroll

What skills are necessary to be successful in this profession?

  • The ability to safely bend, twist, and lift to assist a patient moving from one surface to another.
  • The ability to apply manual resistance to a patient’s arm, leg or trunk during exercise.
  • The ability to perform chest compressions necessary for CPR.
  • The coordination, balance, and strength to safely guard and protect a patient negotiating stairs with an assistive device.
  • The ability to crouch, kneel, reach, push/pull, and crawl to perform exercises with patients.
  • The ability to climb when instructing or assisting a patient on the stairs.
  • The agility to move quickly to ensure patient safety.

Practice Settings: Where would you work?

Hospital

Outpatient Clinic (also known as a Private Practice)

School/Preschool

Wellness/Prevention/Sports/Fitness center

Home Health

Hospice

Research Center

Physical Therapist Careers Video from APTA

Job Outlook

expected to grow by 36 percent from 2012 to 2022