Career Outlook

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Employment
Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities will be good for licensed physical therapists in all settings. Growth in the number of individuals with disabilities or limited functioning spurs demand for therapy services.  Changes to restrictions on reimbursement for physical therapy services by third-party payers will increase patient access to services and, thus, increase demand. The increasing elderly population will drive growth in the demand for physical therapy services. Job opportunities should be particularly good in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings.

The profession continues to serve a dynamic, comprehensive role in health care - improving and maintaining the quality of life for millions of patients each year.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition)

Many physical therapists decide to specialize in a particular area of practice. This requires clinical experience and educational preparation for a national certification exam. The areas of specialist certification for physical therapists include:

  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Clinical Electrophysiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Women's Health
Physical Therapy as a Career
We're glad you are considering a career in Physical Therapy. You can be part of a highly respected health profession dedicated to examining, treating, and preventing physical disabilities. Physical therapists also design, implement, and modify therapeutic interventions, as well as promote fitness, health, and quality of life for people of all ages. They also engage in consultation, education, and research.

A career in physical therapy is a great option in the medical field that provides the opportunity for autonomy in your patients' care, flexibility in choosing a practice setting, and the environment to interact with people where you can improve their quality of life.

We believe the profession offers many positive rewards including:
  • A team approach to healthcare, working with the patient's family, physicians, and other medical team members
  • Helping clients resume the activities and relationships of normal daily living; restoring good health to patients, in most cases
  • An emphasis on physical fitness, wellness and prevention of illness and injury
  • Opportunities to share God's love with others who are looking for spiritual direction
  • Financial security
  • Flexibility in choice of work environments and schedules
For more career information, you can access the web site of the
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at: www.apta.org

Welcome High School Students
Whether you are a high school student at the beginning of a career search or interested in a career in physical therapy or another medical area of specialty, we're glad you are interested in the exciting field of physical therapy. Look a little closer and discover all the possibilities!

Physical therapy is a highly respected health profession dedicated to examining, treating, and preventing physical disabilities. Physical therapists also design, implement, and modify therapeutic treatment plans, as well as promote fitness, health, and quality of life for people of all ages. They also engage in consultation, education, and research.

To find out more about the PT education programs available at Andrews University, click here.

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