Educational Writer- New Heights Educational Group
Working as a physical therapist can be a rewarding experience. Graduates from physical therapy schools have the opportunities to help people regain mobility and reclaim independence every single day. Before you decide to pursue a career in physical therapy, however, you need to be aware of some of the most common challenges therapists face.
Significant Educational Investment - Physical therapists must complete at least six years of higher education before they can begin to work in the community. A bachelor's degree and a master's degree are minimum requirements. Part of your education will include working in practical clinic or hospital settings as a therapist assistant so that you can gain the experience you need to find a job once you graduate.
Emotional Stress - A physical therapist works with people who have been through traumatic illnesses or injuries. Although your ultimate goal is to help your clients regain their independence, you will spend much of your time pushing them to do the hard work required to achieve that goal. It can be emotionally draining to face client after client who is struggling with the aftermath of an illness or injury.
Physical Demands - Part of your job as a physical therapist will be to literally offer support to your clients as they work toward supporting themselves. You may be required to lift someone into and out of equipment. You may need to help someone stand or sit. At the very least, you should expect to be on your feet moving around during almost all of your therapy sessions with patients. A physical therapist needs to be strong and in good shape so that they are prepared for every possible situation.
Long Work Hours - As with any medical profession, physical therapy is not a strictly 9:00 to 5:00 job. You will need to spend more time with patients who need a little extra work when it is important. Schedules can become stretched due to patients who are late for their appointments, sessions that run long, or patients who need to be squeezed into an already full schedule.
Continuing Education Requirements - Even after you graduate from school and begin working in the community, you will still need to keep up with current industry trends. Most state certifications require that physical therapists complete a specific number of continuing education credits every year in order to maintain their certification.
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