Physical Therapist By: Sheila Nguyen

Nature of Work

Review medical history of a patient and diagnose the patient by observing their functions/movements. Create a goal for the patient as well as a detailed plan in order to treat them using exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease pain. Watch for the patients progress and update the plan of care adding new treatments as needed, and inform the patient and their families on the recovery process and plan for recovery.

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

Doctoral or professional degree. Also all states require physical therapists to be licensed. Several states also require a law exam and a criminal background check. Continuing education is typically required for physical therapists to keep their license. No on the job training.


Generally Physical Therapy is a 8 am to 5 pm job. Work attire usually consists of scrubs, but the scrubs aren’t needed then slacks and button ups are the proper businesses attire for office settings and business meetings. Benefits of this career would be making a difference in people’s lives, being a movement expert, & having job security. The majority of therapists have 17-18 vacation days plus 9 holidays. Life & health insurance for health care providers are typically 15% - 45% less than the average fee charged. Also, for retirement plans they get special discounts.

Job Outlook

The demand for physical therapy services is starting to increase, and is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Physical therapists will be needed to assist patients with rehabilitation and treatment of any chronic conditions or injuries. Physical therapists will also always be important to helping patients recover quickly from surgery.

Projections Data

34% increase from 2014 to 2024


$84,020 per year // $40.40 per hour

Related Occupations

  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapist assistants and aides
  • Recreational therapists


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