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Physical therapist assistant - Another hot 2011 career choice

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If you want a stable career with rewarding work, a physical therapy assistant (also known as a PTA) career may be just the right one for you. As the baby boomers age, there will be more demand for physical therapy to recover from illness and injury.

Like most health care jobs, insurance companies are starting to cover more procedures, so more workers will be needed. The Department of Labor expects to see fast growth in job openings for this position.

PTA work can be demanding, but physical therapy is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Complex therapies are done by the physical therapist for which a masters or doctorate of physical therapy is required PTAs help patients recover after an injury or illness. Interpersonal skills and excellent physical health are important.

To become a physical therapy assistant, you need to get a degree from an accredited program. You may also need certification in CPR and other forms of first aid.

PTAs, assist physical therapists with the rehabilitation of patients. People who seek the help of physical therapists may include accident victims, or people who have suffered burns, amputations, stroke, low back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, or even head injuries.

Many assistants move into administrative roles in larger therapy programs, or more specialized clinical areas, such as geriatric or pediatric therapy programs.

What is needed: Associate degree in Physical Therapy and a Physical Therapy Certificate

Median Salary: $46,140

Marie Coppola March 2011

Ref: Education-Portal.com; US News


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