Physical Therapy Aide
I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that if you have found this article, it is because you are potentially looking at a career in the healthcare industry as a physical therapy aide. Now you might have asked yourself at one time or another, “why in the world should I consider physical therapist aide jobs? I’ve been a white-collar worker, or a carpenter, or banker most of my life and I’m not sure I want to change careers. This is all I know”
The sad truth is that you may no longer have any choice. There are millions of Americans who have experienced downsizing, and layoffs and closures from company’s they worked at for years or in industries they devoted their careers to. What the media has been trumpeting for some time now is slowly sinking into the desperate minds of the unemployed, many jobs are lost, and may never come back. Many companies are on a downward spiral or are in fact experiencing their final death throes, and will soon disgorge more victims into the pool of the unemployed.
You might be one of the millions who are ignoring the obvious and with fingers crossed, keep hoping that tomorrow will be better. Unfortunately, those in the know, know that tomorrow will either be more of the same, or possibly even worse for some time to come. Even when jobs do become available, the pool of applicants is so dense that potential employers have taken to forcing applicants to jump through ridiculous hoops in an effort to cull down lists to manageable levels.
Only in this day and age could employers be so bold as to advertise jobs with the proviso that “the unemployed need not apply”. A position as a dishwasher could require a full background check, credit check, criminal history, lie detector and drug tests. What’s worse is that they can require you to give up any right to sue previous employers who report falsely on your employment history. Our world has truly gone mad.
Choosing A New Career In Healthcare
Now that reality has sunk in, the necessity of pursuing the right new career path must be carefully analyzed. Time can be a critical factor depending on your financial obligations and resources, and family responsibilities. You might want to consider the following;
- Time involved in breaking into a new field
- Education/training involved to perform job duties
- Costs involved in education/training
- Salary expectations
- Lifestyle changes
- Job satisfaction
- Job security
Physical Therapy Aide
In the beginning I recommended a position in the healthcare industry, why? Because this is one field that is not only growing, but expected to experience double digit growth as the baby boomer population continues to age. Within the healthcare industry is physical therapy, and within physical therapy is the position of physical therapy assistant. At the bottom of this pyramid is the physical therapy aide.
If you consider that the duties of a physical therapy aide are primarily learned on the job, you can see that it doesn’t take any time to break into the field, and your education is provided and paid for as you do the job. The physical therapy aide salary, is significant enough for a starting position that doesn’t require a diploma, licensure or physical therapy assistant certification. According to the bureau of labor can reach over $16.00 per hour and approximately $30,000 plus, per year.
Physical Therapy Aide Job Description
The physical therapy aide works under the direct supervision of the physical therapist, or the physical therapy assistant. They are responsible to prepare, sanitize and organize the treatment facilities or rooms before and after each patient. When patients require assistance moving to or from the facility or treatment areas, the aide provides this help.
Aides are not allowed to perform any clinical duties, in states where licensure is required to perform physical therapy treatments. Daily duties can be varied to include such things as front office management, answering phones, ordering supplies, and managing patient files and paperwork.
Physical Therapy Aide Typical Work Schedule
Depending on the practice, an aide’s hours can be traditional 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, or can be adjusted to evening and weekend hours to accommodate patients’ personal schedules. Currently, approximately 28 percent of aides in the field work part time. Once you have decided that this is definitely the field for you, the next logical step is to become a physical therapy assistant. A move up to this role can include a minimal commitment of two years time to acquire an associates degree in physical therapy, and the possibility of achieving an eventual six figure income.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys working with, and helping people, a career change starting out as a physical therapist aide, or returning to school to begin a new career as a physical therapy assistant, can provide not only job satisfaction, but job security in a recession proof industry. Where else can you make such quick changes in your life to overcome the disaster that is our current employment conditions? Be a physical therapy aide, a business you can believe in!
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