Physical Therapist

Grant Perkins

Job Description

Physical therapist are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

Certifications in order to be a Physical Therapist

Need a NPTE (National Physical Therapy Examination). Some states require state licenses to practice in that certain state.

Daily Activities of a Personal Trainer

Once an examination is complete and a diagnosis has been determined, the physical therapist designs a plan of care that includes short- and long-term functional goals and interventions that may include, but not be limited to, exercise, traction, mobilization/manual therapy, ultrasound and/or electrotherapy, vestibular training, motor learning and development, and patient and family education. Interventions will often include the use of assistive and adaptive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs, orthotics, and prosthetics. An important component of physical therapist patient management involves teaching the patient appropriate ways to move or perform particular tasks to prevent further injury and to promote health and wellness.

Educational Requirements

Before they are allowed to practice Physical therapist must have earned graduate degrees from accredited academic programs in physical therapy. These programs culminate in either master's or doctoral degrees and take 2-3 years to complete. To gain admission to physical therapy programs, students typically need to earn bachelor's degrees, complete certain science prerequisite courses, gain volunteer or observation experience in the area of physical therapy, submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and maintain acceptable grade-point averages.

Average income

Average income for a physical is $82,000

Necesasry Skills to be a Good Personal Trainer

  • have a strong science and math background
  • be motivated and have good work ethics
  • have good written and verbal communication skills
  • have the knowledge to administer treatments to improve patient's lifestyles
  • understand the needs and goals of patients

Common work place of Physical Therapist

Although a large number of Physical Therapists work in hospitals, now more than 70 percent can be found in private physical therapy offices, rehabilitation centers, community health centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, corporate or industrial health centers, sports facilities, research institutions, schools

Job Outlook for Physical Therapost

  1. Demand for physical therapists is expected to increase according to the 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, a publication of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of physical therapists is predicted to grow 36% between 2012 and 2022, "much faster" than the average growth rate for all occupations.

Physical Therapist Careers Video from APTA