Physical Therapy is the use of movement exercises and other treatments to build body strength and coordination for those who may have been injured or disabled. As a Physical Therapy major, you will learn how to help people on their road to recovery. You’ll need a graduate degree (and to pass a big exam) to become a Physical Therapist.
Physical Therapy majors normally are into full body health. They’re the hikers and the Pilates enthusiasts. They like to feel their best, and staying active allows them to do that.
Physical Therapy majors have a good mind for things medical. They can keep track of all the different injuries and disabilities. They’re also extremely good motivators. As simple as it may seem, it can be really tough work for someone recovering from surgery, for example, to bend their knee 20 times in a row. But as a Physical Therapy major, you’ve got just the right amount of cheerleader in you to make it happen.
If you’re looking for a desk job, this is not it. This can be a physically challenging job – after all, how can you help someone relearn how to walk while you’re across the room lounging on a couch? If your dream job is one that lets you just sit around, this will be a nightmare.
You’ll cover your basic science and anatomy classes. Then you’ll get into topics like biomechanics, neuroanatomy, and human growth. You’ll know all about how the body is supposed to work, and you’ll learn techniques to strengthen limbs and body parts that have been weakened by any number of things – stroke, car accidents, you name it.
Physical Therapy majors who go on to get their master’s degree become – drum roll please – Physical Therapists. Most Physical Therapists work in hospitals or in therapy offices. Some travel to individual homes or work in schools.
Get to know the athletic trainer at your high school. You can volunteer to help out or job shadow. It will give you a good glimpse into some of the things you’ll be getting into, and it can make for a very handy letter of reference.
Master your anatomy and biology classes. And don’t throw out those books once you’re finished with the class. You’ll refer back to the basics about the human body time and again during your education and career.