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Physical Therapists

No better reward than making a difference in someone's life

When a person experiences loss of bodily functions due to back and neck injuries, sprains, fractures, arthritis, sports injuries, amputa-tions, or stroke  to name a few, a physical therapist is called in for evaluation and treatment. Physical therapy is a popular choice over surgery. ἀe method of treatment varies case by case and can be anything from therapeutic exercise and functional training to the use of adaptive devices and equipment or even various forms of electrotherapy. ἀe outlook for careers in physical therapy is especially good in the Gulf Coast Region due to rapid population growth and an aging population. When a person experiences diminished mobility due to back or neck injuries, sprains, fractures, sports injuries, amputations, or stroke, just to name a few, a physical therapist is called in for evaluation and treatment. Physical therapy can accompany surgery as part of the rehabilitiation process, but also serve as an alternative to surgery because it is non-invasive. Regardless, physical therapy can be a long process requiring the therapist and patient to build a trusting relationship over training. 

The method of treatment varies case by case and can range from therapeutic exercise and functional training to the use of adaptive devices and equipment or even various forms of electrotherapy. Physical therapists organize and build programs centered around the best regimen for their patients' body types and condition. No session is exactly the same. Physical therapists must adapt accordingly as they get new patients and keep up to date with the latest practices. Physical injuries can lead to emotional and/or psychological stresses, so while physical therapists focus on fixing physical injuries, they should also be on the lookout for psychological ones as well.

 


The number of Physical Therapists needed will increase by 33 percent from  2014 to 2024, as a large portion of the population ages.

The number of Physical Therapists needed will increase by 33.5% from  2014 to 2024, as a large portion of the population ages.

Physical Therapists Annual Job Openings


Physical Therapists earn excellent salaries, with entry-level wages exceeding the median for all occupations by almost $30,000 a year!

Physical Therapists earn excellent wages, at the least over $18,000 more than the regional average!


Start Early and Be Prepared!

High School Endorsement: Public Service | STEM

Degree programs in physical therapy focus heavily on math and science courses, following the STEM or Public Service endorsement track in high school should better prepare a student. Students should strive for a high GPA in high school and in their undergraduate program to provide them with the edge needed for acceptance in and successful completion of a physical therapy graduate program.

Physical therapists (PTs) must have a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Doctorate programs typically last three years and require a bachelor to enroll, but some schools offer continuous 6- to 7-year programs to earn a doctorate and bachelor's alongside one another. All programs must be applied to through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).


What qualities does a Physical Therapist need?

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career in physical therapy. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.

        92.6% 

Medicine 

Everything surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of human injuries and ailments, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

          87.2%

Customer & Personal Service

Meeting the expected quality of customer satisfaction when interacting with customer and potential customers

             82.6%

Psychology

Human behavior and performance ability, including perceiving differences in ability, personality, and interests that guide motivation & learning

           82%

Therapy & Counseling

Knowing the principles, methods, and procedures for aiding rehabilitation of physical and emotional dysfunctions

             79%

Biology

Everything about organisms' structures, functions, interdependencies, interactions, and survival in its environment.

 

*Source: Texas Career Check.


Licensure

Pathway To becoming a Physical TherapistPhysical therapists are mandatorily regulated and licensed by the state in a way similar to that of registered nurses and doctors. There are four steps required to obtain a state license:

  • Obtain a bachelor's degree in a healthcare related field such as biology, chemistry, exercise science or kinesiology
  • Complete an accredited physical therapy graduate degree program
  • Successfully complete  the national licensure examination through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • Apply for licensure in Texas through the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Examiners.    Additional details and requirements of the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Examiners including passing of the Jurisprudence Exam.

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