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April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 168

A Physical Therapist job is demanding one. It is challenging, hard work yet hugely rewarding at the end of the day. Think of the satisfaction you can feel knowing that you have been a part of helping someone to lead a normal life again; of knowing that your time and effort can help people to become mobile and self-sufficient once more.

Physical Therapists are highly educated and specially trained people. Before you can even think about applying for a post you have to be prepared to put in years of hard work, education and training. And you need to be a certain kind of person to be able to do the job.

Educational requirements are standard across the board, with some variations depending upon which State you are training and working in. To start with you need a Bachelor's Degree and most area will require specific coursework areas to be undertaken, such as anatomy, biomechanics and physiology, to name but a few.

Once you have obtained your Bachelor's degree you can go on to apply for either a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) or a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Degree. These usually take between 2 and 3 years to complete.

You can then go on to apply for a residency program which will last between 9 months and 3 years and will give you additional training and experience and will prepare you more for your chosen area of work.

Physical Therapy, as the name suggests is physical work and you will be required to have a very high level of stamina and fitness. You also need to be compassionate, have a high degree of dexterity, excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

The job of a Physical Therapist is varied and challenging. You will work as part of a full healthcare team and will provide both preventative and assistive care. Physical Therapists help people of all ages and with all sorts of mobility problems, as well providing programs to prevent loss of mobility as well.

Some of the conditions that a Physical Therapist would be a part of treating are sprains, strains and fractures, back and neck injuries, arthritis, birth conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's disease and stroke victims. These are just a few; the list of conditions that a Physical therapist can provide care and assistance for is endless.

You will also be responsible for diagnosing dysfunctional movements, planning a suitable treatment regime and education people and their families about what to expect during treatment. You must be honest and realistic.

All Physical Therapists must be licenced to practice in their State. Requirements do vary from State to State but as a general rule of thumb you must pass the National Physical Therapy exam or similar state administered exam. Some states will also require you to carry out further, continuing education in order to keep your licence. You can also choose to become Board Certified in certain areas of therapy, such as Sports or Clinical.

Pay is typically between $53,000 and $107,000 depending on experience and years of service.

Are you looking for more information regarding Physical Therapy? Visit http://www.therapyjobs360.com today!

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