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What is the job outlook for physical or occupational therapy assistants.

Are there a lot of jobs available in the united states and is the career expected to grow in the next 10 years. #physical-therapy #medicine #therapy #physical-therapist

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Michael’s Answer

When I started my counseling career, I was in my late 40’s! Had I started the career when I was in my twenties, I would have my own organization! When I think about being an assistant, I think of it as a short sighted goal! The field of medicine and therapy will be on the rise as a direct result of Covid-19 and the negative effects and symptoms mentally, physically and emotionally on the USA population! Continuing education separates those with and those who will never fully acquire a decent living! Since it appears that there is an interest in the health care system, my advice would be for you to not look at some of a position, but look at the position top down and work from there! This way you and your vision can be realized without interference from others.
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Michelle’s Answer

As a healthcare recruiter, I can tell you that therapists and therapy assistants are in high demand! Like someone else said, the healthcare industry will probably be recovering from the effects of this pandemic for a long time to come, so I would imagine we will be searching for good candidates in the future as well.

One word of advice, the hospital system that I work for gives preference to candidates who are continuing their education. For example if I'm looking for a PTA, preference is given to someone who is applying to or enrolled in PT school. Reason being that if you are planning to further your career in the field you're already in, then you're more likely to stick with the job throughout the time you're in school. Commitment to staying with the organization is a big factor in determining who I pass on to my hiring managers and who I don't.
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Dr. Bekah Howell’s Answer

Always look for labor statistics on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Website

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapy-assistants-and-aides.htm
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