Physical therapy, usually abbreviated by PTs, is type of care. Its goal is to reduce pain and help you function, move, and live a better physical life. Physical therapy first professional association started out on 1921. Its association was originally called “American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association”. This Association was led by Mary McMillan. Mary was given the nickname of “Mother of Physical Therapy”, due to her dedication that she gave to the association. She was the first physical therapist aide. The American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Associations changed its name various of times. In 1922, they changed their name from “American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association” to “American Physiotherapy Association”. During the 1940’s they eventually changed their association name to “American Physical therapy Association”. Physical therapist were a greater demand during the 1940’s and 1950’s due to world war II. This cause for the 16-39 programs to develop. During the 1960s, educations programs started to grow. As mentioned by the APTA, it grew to 52 education programs and now there are about 215 institutions that offer physical therapy education (“APTA History.” APTA, 10 Jan. 2017). Physical therapist provide help to their patients so they can reduce the pain that they are currently encountering and improve their mobility.They manage to prevent their conditions by developing a plan. The plan can include treatment techniques to promote ability to move, reducing pain, restore functions, and to try to prevent disabilities to occur to an individual. PTs will use exercise, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment in order to decrease the patient’s pain. Physical therapist can provide care in various settings such as: hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, and nursing homes. In pretty much in the majority of a work setting you can work as a physical therapist. In order to become a physical therapist you would need to meet its requirements. Meeting these requirements all start by getting your bachelor’s degree at any university. Universities that offer this major are Washington University in St. Louis, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, Northern Arizona University, and there are more universities that you can do this major in. Usually to get a bachelor’s degree you need four years of college. During your four years of university, you had to take certain classes. These classes involve anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. Physical therapy programs often include, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. While doing your major in college you would also have to do your general education, which usually involves math and english. Students must complete a minimum of 30 weeks of clinical work. After you graduate and get your bachelor’s degree, you would have to take a residency program, which typically takes a year to complete. Taking the residency program provides additional training . Also, it provides experience in specialty areas of care, such as in sport and fitness, or nursing homes. You would also need to take a program called “Doctor of Physical Therapy”. It typically lasts for 3 years and require a physical therapist centralized application service (“Physical Therapists: Jobs, Career, Salary and Education Information – CollegeGrad.com.” CollegeGrad #1 Entry Level Jobs / Internships College Students / Grads -). Some important qualities to keep in mind is to have compassion on what you are doing, be detailed oriented, dexterity, interpersonal skills, physical stamina, and be resourceful. Working with each patient will be different from the one you had previously worked with. Another requirement that you need is to get a physical therapist license. All states require for a PT to get a license. It is also required to pass the national physical therapy examination that is administered by the federation of state boards of physical therapy. Working as a physical therapist can always differentiate in the type of setting you are working in. As mentioned before, you can work as a physical therapist in different settings, such as home health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, private practices, schools, and/or sports & fitness facilities. In the state of Arizona, the salary of a physical therapist is the second highest salary. The highest salary in Arizona is a nurse practitioner, which is around $104k. In 2015, the median wage was $40.12. The hourly wage starts from $24.47 and can go up to $57.15. As of 2017, the median yearly salary was $83,440. The median salary starts from $50,900 and can go up to $118,880 (“Physical Therapist.” Sokanu). Tucson, AZ, you can work at Bodycentral Physical Therapy & Sports medicine and your salary would be from $65,000 and may rise to $120,000 (“Physical Therapist- Tucson, Arizona job – Bodycentral Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine – Arizona.”). In California, it is also the second highest paying career. The median salary is $94,190 a year. The salaries in California typically starts from $65,940 and may go up to $126,700. As for the median wage is $45.28. The hourly wage in California starts from $31.70 and may go up $60.91 (“Physical Therapist.” Sokanu). There are various locations you can work at in the state of California. OC Sports and Rehab is located in Anaheim, California and the salary is between $85,000 and may go up to $105,000 a year. Another work setting in California is called “Sports Orthopedic Physical Therapy”. It is located in San Francisco and the salary goes from $75,000 to $90,000 per year. If you would want to work as a physical therapist in the major leagues, such as the MLB or NFL. Your salary would be above $79,830 and the location would depend on the team that you are going to work for. Throughout 2016-2026 it will be expected for this job to grow 25% and changes in employment will be 60,000. As for the employment, the rates are pretty low. Working within the physical therapy career you can get promoted. You can initially start as a physical therapist aid. Being a PT aide you would be the one who would be working mostly with patients. PT aides, make about $9.32 up to $15.51 hourly. Although if you did want to proceed on being an actual physical therapist you would have to get your degree and your state license. If you want to become something higher than the physical therapist, you can become the manager of the work setting. Although usually both, physical therapist and PT aides, are the ones that interact with patients that need physical movement to better their injuries. A manager has certain responsibilities that a physical therapist and PT aide would not have. Physical therapist managers earn around $15.48 up to $36.12 hourly. Skills that are needed to be a manager is to have great communication, budgeting, and be a resource allocation. There is a position above being a manager, which is a director. A director handles things that usually the bottom positions can not handle. Usually becoming the director you need many years in practice. If you like working with patients, you would not consider on becoming the director. The “downside” for becoming a director is that you do not really interact with any patients, although you would work in a larger clinic. The responsibilities that a director has is the financial duties, operational and be the HR. Once you have done all, you can open your private clinic. Opening a private clinic can be a bit of a hassle. You would need to take into consideration on what type of clinic it would be, and where you would want to place it. Although a benefit is that you can earn more, because you will be the one who will take care of the cost for each individual will be. Once you have opened your private clinic, you may branch out, although it does depend how successful your private clinic is. Physical therapist do not just give you just any exercise. They specifically design an exercise treatment for you.Something cool about this career is that you can work in different types of settings, which means you will get the chance to work with many types of people. The physical therapist during World War I, they were known as “reconstruction aides”. Also, this was initially a female dominant profession. I feel like I do have the potential ability for this job. You can always get what you are aiming for, and you know that is what you want, as long as you work hard for something. As one of my many teachers told me, “you control your future and everything that you dream of, you can achieve”. In order to become a physical therapist, I would first have to set it as my goal. Once I have set my mind to that, I would have to major in physical therapy. During college I would take the required classes. Also, I would take internships while I am studying to gain experience. Some internships that were in my interest were in the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Although it does seem like if it were to be a lot of competition to get an internship in the major leagues. It can be considered as a lot of years of schooling, but I can work as long I have been experienced. I feel that I am suited for this career. Physical therapist and athletic trainers are quite the same. So if I were ever to change my mind about becoming an athletic trainer, which I doubt, I can have physical therapist as a backup job. Although they do differ in some aspects, athletic trainers are only in one type of setting, and physical therapist have many work settings.