Positions for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants are predicted to grow by a whopping 27 to 29 percent between the years of 2006 and 2016. Career education for physical therapy assistants may include studies in physiology, biomechanics, chemistry, and biology. CPR certification may also be required for employment, depending on state and local regulations.
Physical Therapy Careers
Students who want to become physical therapy aides and assistants traditionally pursue a two-year training program leading to an associate's degree. Upon graduation, they work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist, assisting patients with treatment and exercise procedures. Physical therapists must study longer, completing master's degree programs and passing rigorous national and state licensing exams before entering the profession. Physical therapy professionals work in private clinics, hospitals, rehabilitations centers, and nursing care facilities. Work may be physically strenuous.