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Is the physical therapy field growing too much?

I would like to know just in case I have to change to not wanting to be a physical therapist. #physical-therapist

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Liat’s Answer

The demand for physical therapists is rising faster than they're entering the workforce.

I think if you like this area this is a very good profession . since you can work independently or as part of a hospital, you can work with adults or kids, salary is above the average.

you can find more information in this link:

https://www.apta.org/ProspectiveStudents/Admissions/PTProcess/

https://www.apta.org/PTACareers/Benefits/

You might want to contact student learning this subject to hear more information:

https://www.apta.org/PTCareers/

or even consult with a real physical therapist on the aspect of the daily work.

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Beth’s Answer

I agree with Liat’s answer. As long as people get sick or hurt, there will be a need for physical therapy. With the aging baby boomer population we are busy with arthritis, fractures, heart attacks, strokes and now covid and long covid recovery.
Physical therapists work with many different diagnoses. We may work in outpatient clinics, hospitals, rehab centers, home health care agencies, school systems, or private clients.
There have been some areas that physical therapists initially lead but are now lead by nurses - cardiac rehab and wound care. However, there are still plenty of specialities for us.
It is true that we share clients with other professionals like chiropractic, pain specialists, and athletic trainers. We all have different specialties and can work together well.
Physical therapy is alive and well. The profession still limits the number of graduates per year. You do not have to worry about the profession burning out.

Beth recommends the following next steps:

APTA.org for more information about the profession.
Keep your grades up, getting into the therapy program is competitive.
Shadow a therapist to see what happens in a clinic
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