Physical Therapy Assistant Guide

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5 Things Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About PT Assistants

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5 Great things about a PTA Career

Well in reality, your Mom probably didn’t tell you anything about Physical Therapy Assistants because that would be a random topic to discuss.

I guess if you were one of those kids who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, and would tell your Mom that you were going to be a Physical Therapist Assistant, then perhaps the topic would arise and she would tell you a thing or two about PTAs.

In any event, we are here now to fill you in on 5 things your Mama probably never told you about PT Assistants.

  1. PTs & PT Assistants Love Their Job. According to a National Opinion Research Center Survey over 75% of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapists Assistants report that they love their job. It isn’t hard to believe. After all, helping people achieve the ability to walk again or perform some other crucial daily function would bring a great sense of satisfaction.
  2. PTAs change people’s lives, firsthand. Physical Therapy is perhaps one of the most rewarding medical careers one can choose. As seen already, over 75% PT professionals love their job, and this stems from how rewarding it is. Can you imagine working with injured and ill patients who have lost mobility and the ability to perform certain functions? Being physically debilitating can cause depression and really impact people’s lives in more indirect ways than one may realize. But Physical Therapists are offering first hand treatment and working with patients to drive progress week by week. A PTA will motivate its patients and really become a part of the healing process as they realize how much of a difference they make in their patients’ lives.
  3. PTAs live wherever they want. Because physical therapy is needed by people of all ages in all places, no specific market dictates where a Physical Therapy Assistant works. PTA Jobs are available everywhere so PTAs get to choose where they want to live.
  4. Many PTAs are Entrepreneurs. Many PT Assistants choose to go their own route rather than be employed at someone else’s business. These entrepreneurs build great PT practices and clinics that are unique often serving specific niche markets.
  5. PT Assistants are Experts at Movement and Mobility. Maybe you already knew this and Mama doesn’t need to tell you, but PTs and PTAs are experts a movement and mobility. A physical therapy assistant can watch someone perform a stretch or motor exercise and tell them which muscles they are using and how they can perfect their motions to avoid injury and build a stronger, more flexible, and mobile body.

There you go. 5 things your mom didn’t tell you about Physical Therapist Assistants.

Now, maybe you are interested in exploring a career as a PTA. We don’t blame you, every PTA we have ever known loves their career. In addition to the great things we mentioned above, a PTA Salary is extremely competitive as well. The PTA Salary average is $58,720 with some PTA Jobs paying over $65,000 annually.

Already convinced a PTA career is for you? Then you probably want to check out how to become a PTA in 7 steps.

Are you a PTA? Leave us a comment and let us know something about you or your job that your mama never told you! 😛

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