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The Physical Therapy Profession Remains in High Demand
Date:10/8/2007

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According to a 2006, Wall Street Journal's CareerJournal.com survey of U.S. adults, physical therapists were determined to have one of the "eight best careers" based on intellectual stimulation, strong job security, level of control and freedom, and extensive direct contact with customers/clients.

There may be education assistance for individuals interested in employment as a physical therapist assistant. The state of Michigan has begun a job transition program called No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) http://www.michigan.gov/nwlb. Gov. Jennifer Granholm proposed the No Worker Left Behind program in her 2007 State of the State address as part of her plan to transform Michigan's economy. Depending on the program, NWLB will provide up to two years of tuition assistance at any Michigan community college, university, or other approved training program for qualifying participants. Physical therapist assistant education is one of the job training areas eligible for the NWLB program.

October is also National Physical Therapy month. Across the country physical therapy professionals will be serving their community through education, service, and community relations. Physical therapists are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, physical therapists work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists must earn a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapis
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