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Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

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 [1], Boston, MA
Franklin Pierce University [2], Manchester, NH
Quinnipiac University [3], Hamden, CT
Simmons College [4], Boston, MA
Springfield College [5], Springfield, MA
University of Connecticut – Department of Kinesiology [6], Storrs, CT
University of Massachusetts Lowell, [7] Lowell, MA
University of New England – Portland [8], Portland, ME
University of Rhode Island [9], Kingston, RI
University of Vermont Dept. of Rehabilitation and Movement Science [10], Burlington, VT

Johnson State College [11] 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.

Professional Organizations:
American Physical Therapy Association [12](APTA) 703-684-2782
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [13]
Vermont Chapter, APTA [14] 800-765-7848, ext. 7123