Physical therapy is a rewarding and fulfilling career. Every day is a new experience, and no patient or client is ever the same. It is also a growing field because of the longer life spans, increased chronic illnesses and large number of baby boomers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that 71.800 physical therapy jobs would be created by 2024.1 If you are looking for a new place to work or a change in career, physical therapy is a wonderful career choice. Here are a few reasons why:
Physical therapy is unique in the world of healthcare because of the time that patients spend in the therapy sessions. Physical therapist will see a client for 2 to 3 times a week for anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on what they are coming in for.
When people spend that much time together, it is easy for great relationships to form. Often these relationships end up lasting a lifetime and have benefits that extend outside the sessions. Having a large and diverse network is never a bad thing and being a physical therapist is a great place to build one.
Make a difference
Physical therapists work with people who have injuries or disabilities that affect their mobility, as well as those who have chronic illnesses like heart disease or diabetes. They help people heal faster and get them back to normal life, with a focus on function. That means physical therapists want to help people get back to meaningful things like going to work, recreational activities, hobbies, or playing with grandkids. Being able to return to things like that means a lot more to patients than lowering their blood pressure or improving their lab values and it feels good to be a part of making that happen.
If you have never considered being a physical therapist, we strongly recommend that you shadow or contact one. It is rewarding and a great way to build relationships, become valuable in the community, and make a difference in people’s lives.
Contact Live Your Life Physical Therapists to learn more about the profession. We welcome your call!
1 “7 Outstanding Pros (and Cons) of Being a Physical Therapist.” MAS Medical Staffing, 25 Jan. 2019, www.masmedicalstaffing.com/2018/02/20/pros-and-cons-of-being-a-physical-therapist/.