Working in Healthcare: How to Become a Physical Therapist

Health and Rehabilitation: A Career in Physical Therapy

You may think that only serious athletes regularly require the services of a physical therapist.  However, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities – from small children born with birth defects to the elderly trying to maintain or improve existing mobility.  Physical therapists help people who have injuries or chronic pain, and those who are recovering from illness to improve their movement or manage their pain.  Many personal trainers may use the PT designation, but they shouldn’t be confused with licensed Physical Therapists – the only professionals allowed to use the initials PT after their names.  It is also important to remember that while PTs are highly trained and licensed individuals holding doctoral degrees, they are not physicians.  Their expertise lies in knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and how the body moves.

Out-pacing most industries in projected job growth, the positive employment outlook for the physical therapy profession can be attributed to an aging population of baby boomers and advancement in medical technology.  Also, the average annual salaries can be very competitive, making this an ideal career for individuals looking for an active career helping others improve their quality of life. 

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Health and Rehabilitation: A Career in Physical Therapy
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