What does a Physical Therapist do?
Physical therapists plan and execute rehabilitation programs to help patients return to a higher level of physical function after an accident or surgery. They will often also help to manage or lessen the pain experienced by someone stricken with a degenerative condition or terminal disease. Physical therapists help patients through a combination of physical activity, reflexology, massage and muscular and skeletal manipulation.
With an aging population the job outlook for physical therapists looks strong. So how do you become a physical therapist? Most have pursued a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and all have obtained a state issued license to practice. Like many other professional licenses, a license to practice physical therapy usually requires continued education in the field to maintain certification.
Physical Therapist Salaries
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Physical Therapist Career Path
Learn how to become a Physical Therapist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Physical Therapist Insights
“CORA talks about caring for everyone and I believe they truly try to do this.”
“Management have cared about my development and have worked hard to keep me and I feel valued.”
“The facility is newer (built within the last 5 years) so that's nice.”
“Marathon is a great place to start your career or continue as a clinician following previous experiences.”
“Depending on you potion or department there is very little room for growth unless you change your career path.”
“Great pay and resources for time spent”
“The best part of working here is being able to work with military members and their families”
“You make your own schedule which is really flexible and nice.”
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a physical therapist
When working as a physical therapist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR, Excellent Communication, Computer Literacy, Written Communication, and Critical Thinking.
- Physical Therapy Aide
- Occupational Therapist
- Behavior Therapist
The most common qualifications to become a physical therapist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.