Physical Therapist

By Alex James

Career Description

Help improve people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their plan. They're often part of rehab and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. Trained to provide care using various different techniques.

General Duties

  • To provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems from back and neck injuries , sprains , strains and fractures ; and other injuries related to sports.
  • Diagnose patients' dysfunctional movements
  • Set up plan for patients
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands on therapy and equipment to ease patients' pain and increase their ability to move.

Job outlook

Employment for this career is expected to increase by 39% from 2010 to 2020. From 198,000 to 276,000 people in this field

Personality Qualifications

Have to have compassion and the desire to help athletes return to what they're doing.

Education Needed

This career requires you to have a post- graduate doctorates degree. Doctorates programs usually take 3 years to complete.

Two schools of Specialization

  • University of Alabama
  • University of Florida

Average Salary

Between $57,220 and $110,670

Common injury treated by them

Many athletes who suffer from torn acl's or broken bones have to do physical therapy.

Personal Reflection

I would be interested in making this a career of my choice because i love sports and I also love to help people so it would be fun to be able to help athletes to return to their sports.


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"Summary." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2013

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