A Career as a
Physical Therapist

Kenny Strobel

Career Goal- Physical Therapist

Career Overview

Physical Therapists treat patients to relieve their pain and increase their strength and mobility.

Physical therapists care for patients with injuries or illness. Doctors refer patients to physical therapy for conditions such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Broken bones
  • Sport injuries
  • Strokes
  • Heart disease

Physical therapists help patients decrease pain and improve strength. They also try to prevent permanent disabilities or stop conditions from worsening.

Physical therapists review the doctor's referral and the patient's medical history. They test the patient's posture, balance, strength, muscle function, and range of motion. When their evaluation is complete, therapists write a treatment plan.

Career Skills and Interests


Read and understand written information.

Express ideas clearly when speaking or writing.

Listen to others, understand, and ask questions.

Reason and Problem Solve

Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.

Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.

Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.

Use Math and Science

Use scientific methods to solve problems.

Manage Oneself, People, Time, and Things

Check how well one is learning or doing something.

Manage the time of self and others.

Motivate, develop, and direct people as they work.

Go back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information without becoming confused.

Career Working Conditions

Interpersonal Relationships

Have high level of social contact. Work with patients and medical staff.

Responsible for health and safety of patients

Write letters and e-mails on a weekly basis

Work in a group or as part of a team.

Work Performance

Must be sure that their work is accurate. Errors could seriously endanger patients' health.

Sometimes repeat the same physical activities, such as lifting patients or helping them move.

Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact patients. They rarely consult with other physical therapists before making decisions.

Are usually able to set tasks and goals without consulting with other physical therapists.

Career Wages and Outlook

Wages depend on work setting most of the time such as a health care facility or a home.

Often receive benefits and outlook is looking very good for demand.

In Minnesota: $74, 260

In USA: $79,860

Career Related Occupations

Some similar ones listed below:

Physical therapists assistant


Social Workers

Athletic Trainers


Program Of Study- Physical Therapist

Program Overview
Pre-Health Services

Help prepare people to attend professional programs in their health field.

Pre-health programs include topics such as:

  • Biology
    •Organic chemistry
  • Program Admission

    Four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

    Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

  • General Computer Applications
    •Community Service
    •Health Education
    •Community Health
    •Safety and First Aid
    •Healthcare Occupations
    •Medical and Clerical Assisting
    •Healthcare Sciences Work Experience
    •Anatomy and Physiology
  • Program Typical Course Work

    This undergraduate program typically offers courses in the following subjects:

  • Calculus
    •General Biology with lab
    •General Chemistry with lab
    •General Physics – Classical Mechanics with lab
    •General Physics – Electromagnetism with lab
    •Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Related Programs

    Schools That Offer My Program of Study

    College Choice

    Augustana College

    College Info

    Size and Location- Augustana is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With an enrollment of 1,807 with an undergraduate.

    Admission requirements: Administer before semester starts. SAT or ACT scores. GPA over 2.7.

    College Expenses: Tuition: $28,00, Student activity fee: $ 430, Room and Board: $6,920. Books: $800 to $1000.

    Financial aid: Work study award, Alumna legacy, Augustana Camp scholarship,

    Augustana Transfer Scholarship

    Housing: Dorms are available, sorotrities, fraternities, and apartments are available too.

    Some athletics are the math club, ecnomics. Can get into the greek life by joining the soritories and fraternities. Also tryouts maybe for sports team, ex. Basketball.

    Informational Interview

    The way Lisa described it seemed like a nice enviroment because you have a mixture where you have to work with other people to achieve a common goal, and also where you can work by yourself and not be maybe stressed out by the people around you.

    That her job can be difficult but awarding at times that make up for it.

    I liked that it takes a lot of hard work to do what she does and I like being able to do hard work and doing a good job of it. What I didn't like though is in her words "working with stupid people".

    That you may not need a college degree to get this job so that is an advantage if I didn't have money for college and wanted to get a job.

    Some advice though if I wanted to go into that career, Lisa said to get a business degree so you could move higher up in the manufacturing company.

    Yes, I discovered maybe I'll get my business degree to explore new careers.

    It was very flexible hours and it seems to pay ver well.

    I think I would because of the flexible hours. I could maybe work a lot one day for a long period of time and then maybe get out early on a Friday at like 3 if I would choose.

    Plans to Reach My Goal

    I will start by taking classes in high school that are related to physical therapy. That way I might be more advanced and have more information when I go to college and earn my degree. I also will work hard in college and never go out partying ever. Because good grades and staying in my room where its safe is what I plan to do so I get my college degree with honors.