Physical therapy jobs are hot right now since there is an ever increasing demand for qualified and skilled physical therapists in all the health facilities. This situation has been brought about by the increasing numbers of elderly population, a group which is particularly susceptible to a variety of debilitating physical conditions that demand physical therapy services. Besides the rise in the elderly population, other factors that contribute to this increasing requirement for physical therapists are (a) the baby-boom generation entering into an age when they are prone to heart attacks, strokes and other diseases and (b) increasing number of babies with birth defects who are being saved with the help of advancing technology.
Physical therapy professionals treat individuals with disabling conditions such as fractures, arthritis, low-back pain, heart disease, cerebral palsy, and head injuries. The main responsibility of a physical therapist is to restore function, relieve pain, improve mobility, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries and disease.
Career opportunities for physical therapists are growing much faster than the average for all other occupations. Individuals seeking a career in physical therapy should have strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, patience and integrity. To become a physical therapist, an individual must have a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapy program and pass a licensure exam.
Physical therapy jobs give qualified health professionals an opportunity to work in prestigious medical facilities in different locations such as hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, rehab clinics, home health agencies, long term care facilities, doctors’ offices, assisted living facilities, employee health centers, and private offices that have specially equipped facilities.
Physical therapist jobs are well paid ones and the total earnings depends on the type of facility one works in and the nature of the job. Physical therapists on travel assignments usually get numerous benefits including paid homes, travel expenses, completion bonuses, medical and dental insurance, necessary licensing, and help in immigration processing.