Personal Statement: A Career In Physical Therapy

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“Physical Therapist are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility” (American Physical Therapist Association). They help others to prevent any disabilities and injuries throughout their life. They work around everyone’s injuries and come up with special routines, exercises, and other activities specially made just for them to help them. They range from working and helping athletes, the elderly, veterans, the public, and etc. There are many different Physical Therapist for many different situations. Why did you choose this career? I chose Physical Therapy because I have grown up playing sports for over 14 years now. I have always loved being active and staying in …show more content…

They always talked about how much they loved their jobs and how interesting it was because they always met new people and heard about their stories about why they are there. I soon started thinking about this being a career choice since I loved sports and also helping others out. The only thing I had not thought about at that point though was the actual pay of the job. I figured that there was no way that it could be a good paying job because I very rarely ever saw anyone make really good money but also love their job at the same time. So I started looking into physical therapy and soon found out that the salary of the job was actually the opposite of what I thought it would be. As soon as I started researching physical therapy, I to become a physical therapist, it takes anywhere from seven to nine years and I will be required to obtain either a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree (American Physical Therapist Association). I must take the basic sciences which include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as well as specialized courses in Biomechanics, Disease Manifestation, Human Growth, Neuroanatomy, and Therapeutic Procedures. Not only do I have to finish with one of the three degrees I have already stated but, I must also pass a state given examination. Even though the schooling is horrible the money I will make will be worth it. According to, entry level therapist make anywhere from $45,000 to $53,000, the average therapist makes anywhere from $75,000 to $88,000, and some therapist can actually make $100,000+ (Bratcher). It all depends on where you live, how much experience you may have and what kind of degree you have. It is better to live or work in a rural area rather than an urban area due to rural areas making more

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