Physical Therapist / Occupational Therapist

1335 Words Mar 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist’s careers are on the rise! According to my interest in adaptive technology, and my passion for helping others, a career as a Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist (PTOT) appears to be a very positive, and a rewarding career choice for me! As a result, as a PTOT I will be working with new adaptive technologies and career advancement, reveling in ultimate job security, and new methodologies, open to growing employment opportunities, experiencing unlimited options, and the rewards of helping others to be healthy, healthy and knowing I had a part in a their recovery is key. However, as I embark on this career path as a PTOT that I have considered all the positive attributes, and the negative aspects and challenges equally.
For this paper, my research will revolve around books, articles, shadowing, class assignments, and an interview, so not limited to the internet.
First of all, research shows the growth potential in the field of PTOT; According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Americans looking for a rewarding career in a struggling job market and down economy, a career in physical therapy could be the perfect answer. The demand for [PTOT’s] is expected to spike upward by an astonishing 30% between 2008 and 2018—a much quicker rate than average. Currently, there are approximately 185,500 licensed physical therapists in the United States, and that number is expected to jump to 241,700 over the next 10 years. (“qtd. in apta”)
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