Michelle Bogdan Period 7/8
- Description: Physical therapists evaluate, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitation programs that help people improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or an injury.
- Working Schedule: Most physical therapists work 40 hours per week; some may work nights and weekends. Part-time work is also available in this field.
- Working Location: Most physical therapists work in clinics, hospitals and private offices.
- Salary/Wage Potential: The BLS reports the median annual wage for a physical therapist was $78,270 in 2011. The best-paid 10 percent of workers in the category made approximately $110,670, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $54,710.
- To become a physical therapist, you must enroll in an academic program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and earn either a masters or doctoral degree in physical therapy.
- Typical courses include: biology, physiology, neuroscience, behavioral science, and others.
- Professional skills and values such as accountability, integrity, compassion, responsibility
- Management skills
- Goal-setting skills to set a plan of care in action
- Communication skills for patient/family
- First-Aid, CPR, safety, in case of emergency
- Assess and review all systems of the body to determine the need for physical therapy.
- Perform tests for range of motion, neuromotor skills, and reflexes.
- Clinical reasoning and decision-making to determine a diagnosis (what's wrong with the patient) and prognosis (will the patient improve, how much, and when)
- Use of orthotics, prosthetics, walkers, wheelchairs, and other supportive devices
- By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects physical therapist employment growth of 39 percent, with the field adding 77,400 more jobs.
Advancement Opportunities & Related Jobs
- Advancement Opportunities: Become a physical therapist doctor my receiving a doctorate degree, Physical therapists can own their own clinic, Physical therapists can become managers of a physical therapy center.
- Related Jobs: physical therapist assistant, physical trainer, occupational therapist,