Physical Therapist 
What are the Requirements to be a Physiotherapist 

PT Salary, Education, Career and Jobs Outlook

 Physical therapist use different medical techniques to heal an injury or dysfunction in movement. They are highly-educated medical professionals who reduce pain and restore or improve mobility for their patients. Physical therapists mostly work in private offices or clinics. They is an expected job growth of 39% between 2010 to 2020. As of 2013, there are 207,000 US jobs for PT. According to, the median salary for physical therapy professionals in the United States is $86,520 a year. This averages to about $36.69 an hour.

Education and Degree

The entry level degree requirement is a doctoral or professional degree. The doctoral programs takes a minimum of 3 years and most only have a full time option. Getting a masters of PT can take 2-3 years. Some of the required courses include biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Every program has a clinical rotation phase.
This gives you supervised experience and prepares you for working as a PT. Tuition and fees varies by in-state and out-state. Most in-state fee can be anywhere from $7,000 to $10,500 a semester. The out of state fee are about $13,000 to $16,540 per semester. Once you complete a post graduate program, you will have to be licensed by the state you wish to practice. To secure a license, you must to pass the National PT Examination or a similar state exam.


Social skills, Fitness and Other requirements

There are a few skills you need to become a successful therapist. They are compassion, attention to details, dexterity, interpersonal skills and stamina.
- Compassion is important because you are working with people who are trying to overcome life altering injuries. You need to be able to empathize with your patients so you can better help them. interpersonal skills are important for the same reasons as compassion, and you must explain treatment options to patients and listen to what your patients must to say. 
- Being a detailed oriented person is a great characteristic of a registered PT. You will have to observe your patient and analysis their movements and behavior to diagnose their problem, evaluate treatment and provide effective care. 
- Dexterity is significant because you need be able to perform manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. 
- Stamina is the most important skill a PT can have. You will spend hours on your feet helping your patients with their exercises and therapy.

Advantage and Disadvantage

Some pros & cons to choosing physical therapy as a career choice: PT offer great job opportunities. You can work in sport medicine, geriatric care, rehabilitation, restoration or chronic conditions. Your clients can range from children to elders. There is also a wide variety of places to work. Although most PTs work in clinics and hospitals, some work at schools, home care, nursing homes, athletic organizations and private practices. The tuition can be expensive. Most people use their salaries to repay student loans. If you decide to switch health care professions, it is hard to leave PT without completing more education choices. In other words, it can be a pain to transition over to another area in medicine. There are a lot of physical requirements and you have to keep detailed notes. If you do not like paperwork or being PT than this is not the career job for you. If you love an ever changing working environment with steady job opportunities, then this career is for you.