A greater focus on strength, wellness and preventative care has moved physical therapy into the mainstream. Now these specialists work with patients of all ages and ailments to improve their standard of health.
East Hartford, Conn.-based Preferred Therapy Solutions has 170 openings for those interested in working with patients who are suffering from disease or injury. A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required -- though a doctorate is recommended -- along with all of the appropriate licenses. Just as important: A love for the job.
"I'm a non clinician, when I talk with someone to screen them, I'm looking for someone who can convey how much they enjoy being a physical therapist," says employment and human resources director Linda Black.
"Someone that I hired gave me an example of the last patient she had treated and how thrilled she was that that patient was able to stand up on her own and walk down the hall and it brought tears to her eyes. It was catching, it was like maybe I should go back to school and become a PT."
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