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Physical Therapist

Nature of Work:

  • Identify physical conditions that interfere with a student's educational program
  • Conduct assessments of mobility skills, daily activities, positioning and posture during activities in the school environment, muscle strength, and sensorimotor performance
  • Collaborate with teachers, other education and health professionals, and parents to determine physical therapy goals that will allow the child to benefit from the individualized instructional program
  • Advise on purchase of specialized equipment and modifications to the classroom and home
  • Develop recreation and leisure programs for older students
  • Advocate for environments that are physically accessible

Education Required:

  • Identify physical conditions that interfere with a student's educational program
  • Conduct assessments of mobility skills, daily activities, positioning and posture during activities in the school environment, muscle strength, and sensorimotor performance
  • Collaborate with teachers, other education and health professionals, and parents to determine physical therapy goals that will allow the child to benefit from the individualized instructional program
  • Advise on purchase of specialized equipment and modifications to the classroom and home
  • Develop recreation and leisure programs for older students
  • Advocate for environments that are physically accessible

Personal Qualities:

  • Patient
  • Self-assured
  • Resourceful
  • Able to work with a variety of people
  • Excellent listening and communication skills

Job Outlook and Advancement:

  • Physical therapists are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations through the year 2006 as the demand for physical therapy services grows
  • In 1997, school districts employed 4,345 fully certified/licensed physical therapists but had 342 vacancies

How to Prepare for a Career:

  • Take a strong high school program in the sciences.
  • Maintain a strong competitive high school grade point average
  • Volunteer in a physical therapy setting
  • Seek information from the American Physical Therapy Association

Resource Information:

American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-1488
800-999-APTA


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