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Physical Therapists

Physical therapists (PTs) administer treatments designed to restore lost functions, enhance mobility, reduce pain, and recover from sports injuries. They frequently assist people with cerebral palsy, heart disease, severe arthritis, brain injuries, and back problems.

PTs review patients' medical records and administer diagnostic tests to test coordination, range of motion, muscle performance, motor functions, and strength. Additionally, they test patients to see whether they can hold jobs and live independently. After diagnosing patients, they design treatment plans, so patients can recover.

Working Conditions
Physical therapists are employed at schools, home healthcare companies, private clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities. PTs usually work 40 hour weeks, including occasional weekend and night hours.

Working as a physical therapist is often physically exhausting. PTs frequently stand for hours at a time, lift heavy loads, crouch, and kneel.

Career Training and Education
Physical therapy colleges administer graduate degree programs. If this career interests you, choose a program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. About 50 percent of these schools offer doctorate degrees in physical therapy (DPTs). Additional information about careers in physical therapy can be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
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Education: 4 - 8 Years (beyond high school)

Job Outlook: Excellent

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