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Physical Therapy CareersPhysical Therapy Careers: Physical Therapy or physiotherapy professionals work to improve individuals mobility while preventing injury and relieving pain. Patients of a Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist suffer from conditions such as arthritis, fractures, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy and head injuries. With a career in Physical Therapy you can choose to specialize in an area such as pediatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, geriatrics or neurology.

If you are interested in a career in Physical Therapy, the following careers options are available to choose from:

Physical therapist: Physical Therapists PTs, work closely with patients to promote their overall fitness and mobility. To become a Physical Therapist you will need to graduate with a Master's or Doctoral Degree from an accredited physical therapy program and obtain a state license. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the accreditation body for physical Therapy Master's and Doctoral Degree programs.

Physical therapist assistant: Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs), work under the direct supervision of a Physiotherapist. Associate Degrees programs are available from colleges and universities and can also be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Physiotherapist Assistants must be licensed, certified or registered to work.

Physical therapist aide: Physical Therapist Aides receive on the job training, and work under the close supervision of either a Physiotherapist or a Physiotherapy Assistant. Most employers look for Aides with a high school diploma. High school courses in Biology, Mathematics and English are an advantage when applying for a post.

Salary & Job Prospects: Employment for Physical Therapists, Aides and Assistants are excellent. Those specializing in Rehabilitation, Geriatrics and Orthopedics are expected to have the best job opportunities. This is due to the fact that people are living longer. Advances in medicine which result in more people surviving strokes and other illness and injuries is also a factor in the growth of Physical Therapy Services.

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