Physical Therapists

By:Jordan Brady

What Do They Do?

Physical therapists are highly-educated health care professionals who can help patients take away pain and improve mobility mostly without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. They help people who are having pain, and help people recover from injuries and surgeries. Some therapists work with kids, others work with older people. Physical therapists provide care for people in lots of places-hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. The career feild of physical therapy is the medical feild. Some of the duties for this job is to plan out what you are going to be doing with your patient, make people not hate going to physical therapy, to make the patients feel welcomed and comfortable, and to teach young people go learn how to be a physical therapist.

Bob Brady

My dad is a physical therapist and his name his Bob Brady. He makes a lot of money each day for us so we can go on vacations! I think that physical therapy would be fun so I am taking after him!

What Do They Earn?

More than 184,000 physical therapists are licensed in the US today. The median salary for a physical therapist is $80,000 depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting. My dad gets paid in a range from 50,000$-130,000$ per year! If I ever become a physical therapist I would work full time. Some of the skills that you would need to become a physical therapist is being good at math, being good at science and knowing the human body really well.

What Are The Educational Requirements?

You have to have advanced knowledge in health and science. You need a graduate degree in college. Physical therapists have the most specialized education to help people restore and improve motion. Today physical therapists are required to complete a graduate degree - either a masters degree or clinical doctorate - from an accredited education program. A majority of programs offer the Doctor of physical Therapy degree (DPT). Some negatives that I have about being a physical therapist is working the weekends, working late at night, and traveling to teach classes like my dad.
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