Career Research Project
The job that most interests me is Physical Therapist. This job involves many skills. Since physical therapists are always working with people they must enjoy working with all different kinds of people. Touching others is also a large part of this job. They not only have to help a patient get better and help prevent injury. A therapist must have a good understanding of the human body and be able to show patients various exercises. There have been various types of therapy: heat and cold, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, and massage and exercise according to Krumhansl. Heat and cold involves heating and cooling the injury with various tools. Hydrotherapy includes using hot water to help with various injuries. Electrotherapy involves using electric shocks to relax the muscles. Massage and Exercise involves using acupressure and electrical stimulation. Today physical therapists make their own history through research. Rather than following everyone else they research to find what works best for them and their patients. The general duties of a physical therapist, according to Krumhansl, include transporting patients, make-up of treatment tables, cleaning various machines, clerical work, talk with patients to become familiar with them and their injuries. They tend to work 40 hours a week and often-on Saturdays according to “Physical Therapists”. This article also states therapists tent to work one on one with patients and rarely work in groups since each injury is different they cannot be grouped together. The income of a physical therapist ranges from $50,000 to $104,000 according to “Physical Therapists” and assistants tend to earn an average of $32,000 as stated in Krumhansl. The education needed for this job once involved getting a physical education degree but has changed since them. However in 2001 all programs for physical therapy will be at the mater’s degree level and above. Students will need their undergraduate grades and volunteer...
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