Why Become a Physical Therapist?

If you’re still trying to decide which career path is best suited to you, it’s time to consider becoming a physical therapist. Why become a physical therapist? Because it’s a great way to give something back to your community, to engage in rewarding work, and to earn a lucrative living that will let you support not just yourself, but a family, as well. And that’s what any worthy path in life does, it lets you work toward all of your life’s goals.

But if you want reasons why, in a nutshell, physical therapy is the career that’s right for you, all you need to do is read on.

Nature of Work

Physical therapy is about helping people. Plain and simple. Physical therapists don’t just repair bodies; they repair lives. By treating patients suffering from physical as well as neurological disabilities, you are helping to rebuild shattered lives – lives torn apart by disease, illness, and trauma.

Job Opportunities

Year after year the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a rise in the number of physical therapists being employed annually across the U.S. This is due to a number of factors, namely:

  • Population growth
  • An increasing number of senior citizens – many suffering from basic physical disabilities, some suffering from more severe chronic issues and neurological disorders – who require a wide variety of treatments
  • Scientific and technological advancements in physical therapy that require new blood – specifically individuals trained in newer techniques and treatments

There are other factors of course, but these account for the largest percentage of new hires in the U.S. in the field of physical therapy.

The consistent demand for highly trained and licensed physical therapists is also driven by the variety of venues in which physical therapists work. There is a need for physical therapists not just in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, but also for individuals in private practice in regions where there are few physical therapists in relation to the population such as Alaska, among sports teams, and for trained individuals to teach others as well as to conduct ongoing research. This assures that you have an inordinate amount of choice to find the role that best suits you within the field.

Salary Expectations

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a physical therapist has been steadily increasing by about 3% since 2008. The trend appears to be continuing, and while that may not sound like a staggering amount, when you consider that by 2018 – the last year the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected this information for – the trend will have contributed 30% overall to a physical therapist’s annual salary, that’s the kind of field you want to get into if you’re looking to make a lucrative salary to support yourself and/or your family.

Overall, physical therapy is going to be better for some than for others, it’s true. But if you want a career that lets you help others, provide extremely well for yourself and your family, and gives you an opportunity to constantly better yourself through continuing education then physical therapy might just be the right ticket for you.