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Career Clarification Physical Therapy AJob Description aProvide services that help restore function improve mobility relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries bRestore maintain and promote overall fitness and health cExamine patients medical histories then test and measure their strength range of motion balance and coordination posture muscle performance respiration and motor function dDetermine patients ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after injury or illness eDevelop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy its purpose and anticipated outcome BPlaces of Employment aHospitals bOffices cClinics dHome Health Agencies eOut patient rehabilitation centers fNursing Homes gArmed Forces hSelf-employed iSchools CBenefits aHelp people overcome or adjust to physical disabilities caused by injury illness or birth defects DSupply and Demand aEmployment of physical therapists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2010 bThe demand should continue to rise as a result of growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function requiring therapy services ESalary Ranges a41249 dollars is the average starting salary in Georgia FAdvancement Opportunities aTeaching positions bResearch positions cAdministrative positions Job Requirements AUndergraduate Education aAn approved physical therapy program bClasses in human anatomy physiology growth and development BGraduate Education aGraduate training is necessary for advancement and teaching positions bMust be licensed by a Physical Therapy Licensing Board CWork Experience DesiredRequired DCertifications DesiredRequired Reflections APersonal Strength aWork well with others bGive directions well cMake decisions dOrganize and file things well eGood physical strength BWeaknesses aVerbal skills bWriting skills CPersonal Concerns aVerbal skills mainly just pronunciation of words DProfessional Preparation Strategy aI plan to get my degree in Exercise Science and then go to school for Physical Therapy Bibliography Bureau of Labor Statistics US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2002-03 Edition Physical Therapists on the Internet at httpwwwblsgovocoocos080htm Columbus Ledger Enquirer Medical Trade Tuesday February 4 2003 sec D Georgia Career Information Center Georgia
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