Physical Therapists


Also called : Acute Care PT (Acute Care Physical Therapist), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Home Care Physical Therapist (Home Care PT), Inpatient Physical Therapist (Inpatient PT), Outpatient Physical Therapis

What they do


Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

On the job, one would


  • Direct, supervise, assess, and communicate with supportive personnel.

  • Review physician's referral and patient's medical records to help determine diagnosis and physical therapy treatment required.

  • Identify and document goals, anticipated progress, and plans for reevaluation.

  • Provide information to the patient about the proposed intervention, its material risks and expected benefits, and any reasonable alternatives.

  • Provide educational information about physical therapy or physical therapists, injury prevention, ergonomics, or ways to promote health.

KNOWLEDGE


  • Customer and Personal Service
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  • Therapy and Counseling
    Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

  • Medicine and Dentistry
    Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  • Psychology
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

SKILLS


  • Active Listening
    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Reading Comprehension
    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

  • Service Orientation
    Actively looking for ways to help people.

  • Social Perceptiveness
    Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

ABILITIES


  • Oral Comprehension
    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Written Comprehension
    The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

  • Deductive Reasoning
    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • Inductive Reasoning
    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Concern for Others
    Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Social Orientation
    Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Extensive Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Graduate Degree or higher.

    • Experience

      Extensive skills, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

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