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5 undeniable benefits to becoming a physical therapist

  • Healthcare Alvernia

Anybody who has ever sought employment has negotiated their compensation package with his or her potential employer, maximizing the perks. But unlike most jobs, becoming a physical therapist has numerous built-in perks.

Choose Your Work Environment

Physical Therapists have a lot of options when it comes to where they work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals and nursing homes.

The industries that employed the most physical therapists in 2012 were as follows:

  • Offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and audiologists 33%
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private 28%
  • Home health care services 11%
  • Nursing and residential care facilities 7%
  • Offices of physicians 5%

They also have much flexibility in choosing geographic location. A search for physical therapist positions in Reading, Pa., yields an abundance of results.

Job Security

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “Americans looking for a rewarding career in a struggling job market and down economy, a career in physical therapy could be the perfect answer. The soaring demand for physical therapists can be attributed to the aging American population, particularly baby boomers who are more vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require physical therapist services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physical therapists is expected to spike upward by an astonishing 30% between 2008 and 2018—a much quicker rate than average. Currently, there are approximately 185,500 licensed physical therapists in the United States, and that number is expected to jump to 241,700 over the next 10 years.”

Enjoy Job Satisfaction

Physical Therapy and the ability it gives its practitioners to help people ranks it as one of the most satisfying professions. The third-highest job, in terms of job satisfaction, was physical therapist – with more than 75% of respondents reporting being “very satisfied” with their career. For a simple breakdown of the top ten, check out this article on Forbes.

Be Your Own Boss

More than twenty-one percent (21.6%) of physical therapists are owners of, or partners in, a physical therapy practice.

Be in Control of Your Health

The goal of a physical therapist is to promote the patient’s ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability. Having this knowledge, gives physical therapists the ability to know their own bodies and to prevent injuries and pain before they happen.

Effective November 12, 2014, Alvernia University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

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