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physical therapy

What they do: Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level.

Work environment: Physical Therapists (PTs) practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, private offices, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and skilled nursing facilities. Most full-time PTs work a 40-hour week, which may include some evenings and weekends.

This position can be physically demanding, because PTs often have to stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, and stand for long periods. In addition, physical therapists move heavy equipment and lift patients or help them turn, stand, or walk.

How to become one: You must have 6-7 years of school. Important qualities for PT's are good communication, an being active. All PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice.

The pay: the salary of a PT is a round $80,000.

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