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Weekly Career Profile: Physical Therapist Aides

By January 2, 2013

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Physical therapist aides work in the offices of physical therapists. Although they do not provide direct therapeutic services to patients, they play a significant role in the delivery of treatment. They set up treatment rooms, making sure the necessary equipment is available. They help patients get ready for their sessions. Some are responsible for clerical duties, including answering phones, setting up appointments and helping patients complete insurance forms.

You need only a high school or equivalency diploma to qualify for a job as a physical therapist aide. Once you are hired, you will receive on-the-job training. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong job growth through at least 2020. They say this will be among the fastest growing occupations that don't require a college degree (Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition).

If you think this might be a good career choice for you, read Physical Therapist Aide: Career Information to learn more about it. See what personal characteristics you need to work in this field and find out how much you can earn. Since firsthand accounts can provide you with the best information, try to set up an informational interview with someone who works in this field. Take the Should You Become a Physical Therapist Aide? quiz to help you decide if this career is a good fit for you.

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