Should You Become a Physical Therapist?

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Updated November 15, 2016

2. You are hiking on a well-maintained trail. How do you find your way?

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7. Which image shows how you look while reading a difficult book?

8. How many years are you willing to spend in school after high school?

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9. Physical therapists must pass licensing and law exams. Will you do this?

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10. What is the lowest compensation that would be acceptable to you?

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Should You Become a Physical Therapist?

You got: Don't Become a Physical Therapist

I got Don't Become a Physical Therapist. Should You Become a Physical Therapist?
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According to your answers, you would not succeed at or enjoy being a physical therapist (PT). You don't have most of the soft skills you need; you may not be willing to fulfill the requirements and the compensation may not suit your desires.

PTs must be compassionate, resourceful and detail oriented, and have excellent interpersonal skills. Physical stamina and manual dexterity allow PT to do their jobs. Good reading comprehension skills allow PTs to understand the written information physicians send to them about patients.

To become a physical therapist, one needs to earn a bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This will take seven seven years of schooling after high school. After graduating, one must pass a written exam. Some states also administer a law exam. PTs earn a median annual salary of $84,020.

You should find a career that has requirements you want to fulfill and utilizes your strengths. Your compensation must also be acceptable.

Should You Become a Physical Therapist?

You got: Physical Therapist Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice

I got Physical Therapist Probably Isn't a Good Career Choice. Should You Become a Physical Therapist?
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This quiz assessed your likelihood of succeeding as a physical therapist (PT) based on your soft skillswillingness to complete the requirements, and your desired salary. Your answers indicate you would neither succeed in nor enjoy this occupation. You don't have enough of the qualities you need, may not want to fulfill all the requirements, and may not be happy with the earnings.

PTs must be resourceful, detail oriented and compassionate. Strong interpersonal skills, physical stamina, manual dexterity and excellent reading comprehension skills are a must.

To become a PT, one needs a bachelor's degree and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. It will take seven years after high school to complete this education. He or she must pass a written licensing exam and, depending on the state, a law exam. PTs earn a median annual salary of $84,020.

Find a career that utilizes your strengths. Make sure you are willing to fulfill the requirements and are comfortable with the compensation.

Should You Become a Physical Therapist?

You got: You Might Make a Good Physical Therapist

I got You Might Make a Good Physical Therapist. Should You Become a Physical Therapist?
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This quiz evaluated whether you have the soft skills physical therapists need, the willingness to fulfill the educational requirements and if the compensation is acceptable. Based on your answers, this occupation is a good match for you, but not a perfect one. Before you go any further, figure out what is missing and see if you can overcome those deficits.

Physical therapists must be compassionate, resourceful and detail oriented. Excellent reading comprehension and interpersonal skillsphysical stamina and manual dexterity are imperative.

It will take seven years after high school to prepare to work in this field. This includes earning bachelor's and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees. After you graduate, you will have to pass a written licensing exam and, depending on the state, a law exam as well. Physical therapists' median annual earnings are $84,020.

Before you commit to this career, learn more about it. Read job descriptions and conduct informational interviews.

Should You Become a Physical Therapist?

You got: You Were Born to Be a Physical Therapist

I got You Were Born to Be a Physical Therapist. Should You Become a Physical Therapist?
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Congratulations! This career seems to be perfect for you. According to your answers, you have all the soft skills physical therapists need, are willing to fulfill all the requirements and feel the compensation is acceptable.

Physical therapists need compassion, physical stamina, manual dexterity and excellent interpersonal skills. They must be resourceful and detail oriented, and have good reading comprehension skills.

Prepare to spend seven years after high school preparing to become a physical therapist. That is how long it will take to earn a bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. After you graduate, you will have to pass a written licensing exam and, depending on the state in which you want to work, a law exam. Physical therapists earned a median annual salary of $84,020.

While this seems like a good career choice for you, you must learn all you can about it before you move forward. Read job descriptions and conduct informational interviews.

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