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How hard will it be to find a job as a physical therapist the first year out of school?

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Lisa’s Answer

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Elizabeth - you can work as a PT Assistant before you get your doctorate. (3 yrs post College) Very competitive and you'll need a 4.0 GPA to get into a program. Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent over the next ten years, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for physical therapy services will come in part from the large number of aging baby boomers, who are staying more active later in life than their counterparts of previous generations. Older people are more likely to experience heart attacks, strokes, and mobility-related injuries that require physical therapy for rehabilitation.

chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, have become more prevalent in recent years. More physical therapists will be needed to help these patients maintain their mobility and manage the effects of chronic conditions.

Advances in medical technology have increased the use of outpatient surgery to treat a variety of injuries and illnesses. Medical and technological developments also are expected to permit a greater percentage of trauma victims and newborns with birth defects to survive, creating additional demand for rehabilitative care. Physical therapists will continue to play an important role in helping these patients recover more quickly from surgery.
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Gregory’s Answer

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The demand for physical therapists is growing as the number of people over 60 years old grows in the USA. To work as a physical therapist, you are required to have a P.H.D. (Doctorate Degree) in physical therapy. You can work as an athletic trainer, usually starting at high schools with sports programs with a Bachelor's or Masters Degree in physical therapy/sports medicine. These positions are usually placed at high schools by local or regional hospitals.
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