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President's Council Projects Growth For Physical Therapy Profession
Date:7/21/2009

The report also says that the US economy appears to be shifting toward jobs that require workers to possess greater analytical and interactive skills - skills typically acquired through post-secondary education. PTs are required to receive a graduate degree - either a master's degree or a clinical doctorate. Though the clinical doctorate currently is not a requirement, the majority of PTs now graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Physical therapists are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. APTA represents more than 72,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals through the advancement of physical therapist practice, education, and research. In most states, patients can make an appointment directly with a physical therapist, without a physician referral. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com.

  1. Council of Economic Advisers. Preparing the workers of today for the jobs of tomorrow. http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/Jobs_of_the_Future.pdf. Published July 2009. Accessed July 16, 2009.


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