Physical Therapists restore, maintain and promote the best possible physical health for their patients. They help prevent, identify, correct and alleviate short or long-term movement problems. An injured athlete, a senior citizen dealing with arthritis, and a child with a developmental disability are all examples of people who might work with a physical therapist. Together, they tackle treatments such as movement exercises, strength training, stretching, and activities to promote mobility and function. With education from a physical therapist, a patient can continue their treatment program at home, at work, and during leisure activities.
Salary Range: $58,190 – $122,130
Salary Notes: The mean salary in Vermont is $77,860.
Where you can study:
Boston University, Boston, MA
Franklin Pierce University, Manchester, NH
Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
Simmons College, Boston, MA
Springfield College, Springfield, MA
University of Connecticut – Department of Kinesiology, Storrs, CT
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
University of New England – Portland, Portland, ME
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
University of Vermont Dept. of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, Burlington, VT
Johnson State College in Johnson, VT now offers a Pre-Physical Therapy program.
Where you might work:
– Clinics – Hospitals – Industrial Health Centers – Nursing Homes – Private Practice – Rehabilitation Centers – Schools – Sports Facilities
Job Outlook: Demand is expected to grow much faster than average as the number of middle-aged and elderly individuals increases the demand for therapeutic services.
Education, Licensing and Certification: High school course work should include college prep courses. Certified physical therapists are required to complete a master’s or Doctorate of Physical Therapy to be licensed to practice.
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 703-684-2782
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Vermont Chapter, APTA 800-765-7848, ext. 7123